Dr James Davey

Lecturer in Naval and Maritime History


Extension: 4580

Telephone: 01392 724580

I am a historian of Britain and its maritime world, focusing on the Royal Navy in the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I believe that naval and maritime history is central to understanding the past, and offers opportunities to engage with a remarkable range of other historiographies. My research and teaching look beyond the traditional remit of maritime history to analyse the political, economic, social and cultural forces which created the navy, and which were in turn were shaped by its activities. My recent book, In Nelson’s Wake: The Navy and the Napoleonic Wars was published by Yale University Press in 2015 and placed the Royal Navy’s actions in these broader contexts.

I am a member of the University of Exeter’s Centre for Maritime Historical Studies and tweet some of my historical musings at @drjamesdavey Prior to working at Exeter I was a curator at the National Maritime Museum.