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Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, 1730-1850


Year: 2015
Language: english
Author: Higgitt R., Dunn R., Jones P. (eds.)
Genre: History
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 259
Description: This book explores the development of navigation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It examines the role of men of science, seamen and practitioners across Europe, and the realities of navigational practice, showing that old and new methods were complementary not exclusive, their use dependent on many competing factors.
Introduction (by Rebekah Higgitt and Richard Dunn).
National Enterprises
A Southern Meridian: Astronomical Undertakings in the Eighteenth-Century Spanish Empire (by Juan Pimentel).
The Longitude Committee and the Practice of Navigation in the Netherlands, c. 1750–1850 (by Karel Davids).
From Lacaille to Lalande: French Work on Lunar Distances, Nautical Ephemerides and Lunar Tables, 1742–85 (by Guy Boistel).
The Bureau des Longitudes: An Institutional Study (by Martina Schiavon).
Longitude in Transnational Contexts
Patriotic and Cosmopolitan Patchworks: Following a Swedish Astronomer into London’s Communities of Maritime Longitude, 1759–60 (by Jacob Orrje).
'Perfectly Correct’: Russian Navigators and the Royal Navy (by Simon Werrett).
A Different Kind of Longitude: The Metrology of Location by Geodesy (by Michael Kershaw).
Voyages as Test Sites
Testing Longitude Methods in Mid-Eighteenth Century France (by Danielle M. E. Fauque).
Navigating the Pacific from Bougainville to Dumont d’Urville: French Approaches to Determining Longitude, 1766–1840 (by John Gascoigne).
The Practice of Navigation
Navigation and Mathematics: A Match Made in the Heavens? (by Jane Wess).
Longitude Networks on Land and Sea: The East India Company and Longitude Measurement ‘in the Wild’, 1770–1840 (by David Philip Miller).

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