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    Jason R. Musteen(Author)

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Gibraltar has been one of Great Britains most legendary fortresses since its capture from Spain in 1704 and its strategic location as the gatekeeper of the Mediterranean Sea has given it a commanding position in the history of Modern Britain and in the history of the region. When war erupted between Britain and France in 1793, Gibraltar was already established as an impregnable fortress and as a strong source of British pride, but it was not yet a position of great strategic importance. However, during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (17931815), Gibraltar became a powerful naval station in its own right and its soldiers became an offensive force as they frequently left the safety of their walls to attack the enemy in Europe and Africa. That combination of military and naval might transformed Gibraltar into a base capable of meeting the various demands in the Mediterranean for many years to come. This primarily naval and military history examines the growth of Gibraltar during this important time. The manuscript is not exclusively naval or military, though. The character of Gibraltar that has made it such a fascinating place to visit today includes a rich diversity of culture, religion, language, population, and history. Therefore, this work is at times a history of Gibraltarian society, of medicine and disease, of the convergence of religions, and of commerce in addition to being a history of Napoleon, Nelson, Wellington and the age in which they lived and fought.

For any sailor, there is nothing in the world quite like the sight of the Rock of Gibraltar as one enters the Mediterranean from the Atlantic. The Rock is steeped in naval and military history and this book captures in comprehensive detail one of the most important periods in the Gibraltar story. For me, as a former naval officer for whom Gibraltar had been a refuge on many occasions, it is fascinating to read that story. Nelson s Refuge tells it all! --Vice-Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB CBE, Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar

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  • PDF | 277 pages
  • Jason R. Musteen(Author)
  • Naval Institute Press (30 Oct. 2011)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By Brand 5 on 22 December 2012

    Revealing glimpse into Gibraltar at the time of Napoleon. Very informative on aspects of the Peninsular War that up to now have been largely ignored. Good for anybody interested in reading about the part that Gibraltar played in the expulsion of the French from Spain

  • By SMB on 28 November 2014

    An interesting book covering the military and political history of Gibraltar between 1793 and 1815 and it's influence on the naval war in the Mediterranean and the land war in the Spanish peninsular. I'm not sure if this is aimed at the academic market (as almost half of the book is appendices, references and bibliography) or the general reader (given the price and the colourful dust cover) but, as the latter, I found it to be readable and the information to be useful...and it's not simply about Nelson.

  • By L. WARD on 29 May 2012

    A well-written and scholarly account of Gibraltar during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. From its title and publisher (Naval Institute Press) I thought there would be more concentration on Naval matters, but publishers often use the N-word to ensure a more popular appeal.Several things let it down, though. There are no maps, plans, drawings or illustrations of any kind. A plan showing the layout of Gibraltar would have been useful as well as a map showing the other places mentioned. The references are copious, far too copious. It's very useful to put references as to where the information came from, but some of the information that accompanies it could mosubjectre usefully be contained in the main text. As it is the reader is constantly flipping to and fro. There are also some factual errors. I can understand that an American author would not have a good knowledge of the British honours system, but downgrading Lord Cochrane to Captain Thomas Cochrane, when so much as been written about one of Britain's greatest naval heroes is, in my opinion, unforgivable. And no one called a 20 gun ship a frigate at that period.On the whole though a useful addition to the subject, but more use to the completeist than the general reader.

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