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1797 : Nelson's year of destiny : Cape St. Vincent and Santa Cruz de Tenerife
White, Colin, 1951-2008.
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Publication Information:
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 1998.
Physical Description:
xi, 164 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
General Note:
Published in association with the Royal Naval Museum.

Map on lining papers.
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DA87.5 1797 .W55 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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White draws together recent research and new discoveries to make a narrative that places the battles of Cape St. Vincent and Santa Cruz in their strategic and political contexts. Includes contemporary accounts of both battles with specially drawn plans incorporating this information.

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Booklist Review

One of several recent books on the great British naval commander of the Napoleonic era, White's 1797 is based on a number of recently discovered primary sources as well as on the authentic texts of others that have been current in versions edited to the point of butchery. It makes a detailed accounting of the period from December 1796 to December 1797. During those 12 months, Nelson exhibited the seamanship, planning skills, tactical insight, personal leadership, and charisma that constituted the foundation of his later career and his subsequent legend. White excellently separates myths from probable facts, such as that, at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, Nelson was not disobeying orders but displaying intelligent initiative of the kind Admiral Jervis encouraged. Several more books like this one--further products of a bicentennial project on Nelson--have been and will be published. Altogether, such works should considerably help in separating Nelsonic historiography from hagiography. --Roland Green