Black's History Week


Land and sea: the global reach of Britain's armed forces in the nineteenth century

Ep. 38

In this edition of Black's History Week, Professor Jeremy Black, whose books include Naval Warfare: A Global History since 1860 and Combined Operations,

talks toThe Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart, about the reach and organisation of Britain's armed forces in protecting and expanding the British empire and expeditionary campaigns around the world in the Victorian era.

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Image: HMS Terrible in a battle scene against men-of-war. At the time of construction, this 20-gun paddle frigate was one of the most powerful steam war vessels in the world. During the Crimean War she took part in operations around Sebastapol. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

Music: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (

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