The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1st ed., 2004. X + 246 pp., diagrams. Brown cloth ; white paper title-piece mounted & inset to front board ; gilt lettering to spine. 24 x 16cm. FINE. A major study of the Royal Navy during the 18th century, focusing chiefly on events during the 1770s and the relationship between the Navy and the Treasury. When Britain found itself at war with its American colony ' a crisis taken advantage of by Britain's enemies, France and Spain ' it was unprepared for the struggle it faced. In naval terms there was the usual acute manning problem, plus the lack of sufficient ships and the poor state of those vessels in reserve ; what Lord Sandwich described in 1771 as a 'paper fleet' ; vessels so decayed they were largely useless. The author examines British naval finance during this period ; the effects of demobilization at the end of the Seven Years' War ; and the peace establishment from 1763 to 1770. A fascinating study of the Navy and the British state. FINE copy.