Naval Expertise and the Making of the Modern World
This site brings together historians interested in maritime communities and trade; the history of science, medicine and technology in naval environments; expeditions, exploration and colonization; the development of dockyards; military perspectives; and other diverse approaches. Come and join the network to ask questions, discuss approaches, and share events and resources.
This two-day international and interdisciplinary conference examined the generation of expertise in maritime and naval contexts and traced how such developments helped shape the modern world. The full conference programme is available: see the conference page for more details.
We are a group of researchers interested in naval and maritime history, and particularly in the ways in which naval and maritime networks facilitated the transfer of expertise in the early modern and modern periods. We consider expertise not only as technical knowledge, but also methods and practice central to the development of modern modes of governance, commerce, and managment of resources.