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Revolution at Sea
John Curtis Perry
Embark on a wondrous exploration of the human history of the sea as a resource, avenue, and arena. Presented by maritime history professor John Curtis Perry.
6 days ago
Episode 27: New Dimensions of Warfare
Europe tears itself apart in warfare, which becomes global. New weaponry below the surface and above it complicate warfare at sea, during the two great wars.
Feb 19, 2021
Episode 26: North Atlantic Supremacy
The Atlantic becomes a great avenue for the flow of trade and people.
Feb 12, 2021
Episode 25: Why Fight Spain?
Emotion pushes war. And Americans end with an empire stretching to the far Pacific.
Feb 5, 2021
Episode 24: Americans Look at the Sea Again
Exploiting new industry to modernize the navy, Americans begin to perceive its application to international affairs.
Jan 29, 2021
Episode 23: Americans Look Inward
The maritime USA did not react quickly to changing uses of the sea, which the industrial world was creating.
Jan 22, 2021
Episode 22: The USA: Rising Power
American space and resources enabled the rise of a new presence on the international seas. Establishing a powerful place in the world of sail, the nation falls into civil war.
Jan 15, 2021
Episode 21: Japanese Re-Emergence
Japan opens to the outside world and makes itself an Asian international power.
Dec 18, 2020
Episode 20: New Entrants: Germany
Germany emerges as a great power in the later 19th century and ultimately challenges Britain at sea.
Dec 11, 2020
Episode 19: Why Britain Prevailed
A small Britain pushes aside France on the sea and becomes the world’s leading salt water power.
Dec 4, 2020
Episode 18: A New Empire
Britain redefines its scope of empire by moving to the east.
Nov 27, 2020
Episode 17: A Great Transformation
Now we move into a global maritime community, with the Atlantic world seizing the initiative and wielding it until the mid 20th century.
Nov 20, 2020
Episode 16: France as Oceanic Competitor
Why did France fail to compete successfully with Britain at sea? What were Britain’s advantages?
Nov 13, 2020
Episode 15: New Oceanic Pathways
Maritime Europe discovers the Pacific and we look at the life of the sailor.
Nov 6, 2020
Episode 14: Britain vs France
A newly-united Britain, with growing prosperity and new markets, vigorously contests other maritime powers.
Oct 30, 2020
Episode 13: England Triumphs at Sea
England admires and fights the Dutch, and begins to develop a powerful navy.
Oct 23, 2020
Episode 12: How did England Become a Sea Power
Remarkable rulers strengthen the national government. At sea, privateers capture foreign wealth and popular admiration.
Oct 16, 2020
Episode 11: Early England and the Sea
England takes on the sea, beginning to embrace it as part of its life.
Oct 9, 2020
Episode 10: Dutch Culture and Dutch Decline
Dutch visual arts take on great brilliance and merchant society prospers. Yet gradually the vitality fades.
Oct 2, 2020
Episode 09: Characteristics of the Dutch Experience
Digging further into the Dutch experience, we explore how this small nation could create such a dynamic and sweeping maritime presence.
Sep 25, 2020
We set sail next week
Our summer shore leave is soon coming to an end, and the team at Revolution at Sea will be setting out again next week. Stay tuned for episode 9, Characteristics of the Dutch Experience.
Aug 11, 2020
The crew of Revolution at Sea is taking a break this month. We will resume our series in September.
Aug 7, 2020
Episode 08: The Dutch Pelagic State
The Dutch make the world’s first global trading state.
Jul 31, 2020
Episode 07: A Changing Oceanic Europe
Northwestern Europe seizes oceanic leadership.
Jul 24, 2020
Episode 06: The Habsburg Castilian Empire
Using the World Ocean, Spain creates a global colonial empire.
Jul 10, 2020
Episode 05: Portuguese Pioneers
Portugal builds a global oceanic enterprise.
Jul 3, 2020
Episode 04: Iberia and Oceanic Revolution
Iberia makes the Atlantic an inland sea for oceanic Europe
Jun 26, 2020
Episode 03: The Indian Ocean
Peoples on the Indian Ocean were active seafarers. But, did they move beyond their region?
Jun 19, 2020
Episode 02: Early China and the Sea
China enjoyed huge success on the continent, but how did it fare in exploring the sea?
Jun 11, 2020
Episode 01: The Austronesians
Stepping back before recorded history to an amazing saga, we enter the vast open Pacific. This is the world of the Austronesian speakers.
May 23, 2020
Episode 00: Prelude
John Curtis Perry invites us to embark in a wondrous journey through the centuries to explore the human history of the seas.