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The Wooden World An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy N A M Rodgers The Wooden World is as the subtitle suggests a study or description rather than a history of the Royal Navy during the period of the Seven Years War 1755 to 1763 while also drawing evidence from the whole period from 1740 to 1775 Rodger pays very little attention to the actual events of the period Rodgers purpose in writing the book was to test and compare the traditional view of the eighteenth century Royal Navy vicious discipline tyrannical officers and ill-treated poorly fed ratings Rodger concludes that the traditional view is against the reality as revealed in the documents of the period a reality that puts the Royal Navy as a microcosm of British society in general Rodger has drawn from the papers of the Navy Board Sick Hurt Board Ordnance Board Colonial Office Administrative Orders and Ships Logs as well as from private letters and papers to give the reader a picture of an organization very different to the traditional one The points of Dr Rodgers book will be examined in the order in which he presents them in his study The evidence he utilizes to support these points will be evaluated to be sure that Rodger has not made a hollow point The logic used by Rodger in The Wooden World in his arguments throughout his analysis will be assed Other aspects of the book will be addressed including the publisher appendices sources notes and references bibliography glossary and index The Naval Institute Press published Rodgers The Wooden World in 1986 The Naval Institute Press has a long established tradition of publishing excellence in the fields of naval and maritime history The US Naval Institute is recognized as one of the worlds foremost sources of knowledge of naval and military affairs After the conclusion of his study Rodger includes one hundred pages of information vital to his work The
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