CVHF2021 talks by Stephen Prince

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WHY BRITANNIA RULED THE WAVES: THE ARMADA TO TOKYO BAY

In this talk, Dan Snow and Steve Prince will discuss the rise of the Royal Navy from the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 right through to the surrender of the Imperial Japanese in 1945. What part did Britain’s island status play, how did they successfully harness advances in navigation and seamanship, and what was the high watermark? The Seven Years’ War, Trafalgar or the Royal Navy’s often unsung brilliance in the Second World War? And who were the drivers of this astonishing period of naval dominance?

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17. THE STRATEGIC PICTURE: 1945 AND TODAY

We are honoured to welcome the head of the British Armed Forces and most senior uniformed military advisor to the Prime Minister, General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff. He will discuss with historian Stephen Prince the strategic situation seventy- six years ago at the end of the Second World War compared with that facing us in 2021.

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