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2018 Week 4 Course 10

Nelson, Trafalgar and Victory at Sea


John Harris


Week 4

22 - 28 July 2018

More than two centuries after his greatest triumph and tragi-romantic death in battle, Horatio Nelson remains the ultimate symbol of national heroism, Britannia’s ‘God of War’ personified. This course will study the Navy’s evolution across the turbulent 18th century and examine Nelson’s career from Midshipman to Admiral against that backdrop. The actions, setbacks and victories which marked his rise to fame and success will be considered as will his complex character and controversial private life. The course will look closely at the Battle of Trafalgar itself and evaluate how this uniquely overwhelming victory has influenced naval ambition and philosophy ever since.





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