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Julian Corbett

(1854—1922) naval historian


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(1854–1922), British naval analyst and historian. Julian Stafford Corbett was born in Surrey, England, on November 12, 1854, the son of a successful London property developer. He graduated from Cambridge with a first-class law degree, qualified, and practiced briefly. However, family wealth allowed him to indulge a passion for travel, visiting the United States, India, and much of Europe. After a trio of minor historical novels, he produced brief lives of George Monck (1889) and Sir Francis Drake (1890). Through this work he came into contact with John Knox Laughton. He joined the Navy Records Society in 1893, to which he contributed as editor and administrator. Under Laughton's guidance he developed into a fine archival historian, producing his first major book, Drake and the Tudor Navy, and the Records Society volume, The Spanish War, both in 1898. In The Successors of Drake (1900), he began to develop the strategic and tactical themes that dominated the rest of his working life.

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From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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