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The activities of this group, developed mostly through the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, but also in collaboration with the Centre for Histories of Violence and Conflict, continue to be strong in its traditional area of Naval History.

Roger Morriss works on British naval administration in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and maintains his interest in naval logistics, on which he recently published a critically acclaimed monograph: The Foundations of British Maritime Ascendency 1755-1815 (CUP, 2010).

Laura Rowe’s main interest lays in the First World War and on the Royal Navy in particular, where she looks primarily at the relationship between the Navy as a military institution and the society from which it was drawn.

Associate members include Jeremy Black, who has a long standing interest in the naval history of Britain in the early modern and modern periods, and has published widely in the field, and Philip Payton, who has co-edited jointly with Alston Kennerley and Helen Doe, Maritime History of Cornwall, forthcoming from The University of Exeter Press.

Maria Fusaro is currently working on the ERC (Seventh Framework Programme – Starting Grant) funded project: Sailing into Modernity: Comparative Perspectives on the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century European Economic Transition. In collaboration with three associate research fellows, Maria is pursuing a comparative study of the contractual conditions and economic treatment of sailors active in the Mediterranean during the 16th and 17th centuries. The project considers the early modern maritime sector as an extremely early example of an international labour market and its central contention is that the legal and financial differences in the treatment of sailors were one of the crucial factors in the ultimate success of northern European economies in their penetration of the Mediterranean, which was a necessary step in their struggle for global hegemony.

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