The Development of the Navy through the 19th Century

Nelson and the Royal Navy

By Professor Andrew Lambert, published 18th May 2021

Professor Andrew Lambert outlines the key role of Nelson and the Royal Navy in Napoleon’s defeat, and the development of the navy through the nineteenth century; from technology and infrastructure to naval recruitment and the various reforms which took place during that period.

1. The Navy during the Napoleonic Wars
2. The development of technology and infrastructure
3. Graham’s reforms of 1832
4. Fisher’s reforms
5. The development of naval recruitment
6. The defeat of Napoleon at sea
7. The importance of Nelson’s leadership

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