Dr Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza (King’s College, London) is a visiting research fellow at the Department of War Studies. He completed his PhD thesis there in 2011, on Sea Power, State and Society in Liberal Spain, 1833–1868. He has published on Spanish naval history in American, British and Spanish scholarly journals and edited books. He is also co-author of the book European Navies and the Conduct of War (Routledge, forthcoming).

Professor Olivier Chaline (Université de Sorbonne, Paris IV) is a French modernist historian. He has held professorships at the University of Rennes II (1999–2001) and the University of Paris IV (Paris-Sorbonne), a post he has held since 2001. He is Director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Historical Research and Head of the international research program about Admiral de Grasse’s fleet.

Dr Michael Duffy (University of Exeter) has retired from his positions as Head of History and Director of the Centre for Maritime Studies at Exeter University but remains a University Fellow and is presently Vice-President of the Navy Records Society. He was the Editor of The Mariner’s Mirror: The Journal of the Society for Nautical Research throughout the 1990s. His books on naval subjects include The Military Revolution and the State 1500–1800 (1980), Soldiers, Sugar and Seapower (1987), Parameters of British Naval Power 1650–1850 (1992), The New Maritime History of Devon (1992, 1994) edited with S. Fisher, B. Greenhill, D. Starkey and J. Youings, The Glorious First of June: A Naval Battle and its Aftermath (2003) edited with R. Morriss, Touch and Take: The Battle of Trafalgar (2005) and, with R. Mackay, Hawke, Nelson and British Naval Leadership in the Age of Sail 1747–1805 (2009).

Dr Agustín Guimerá (Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid) is the author of numerous studies of comparative naval leadership, including: ‘Métodos de liderazgo naval en una época revolucionaria: Mazarredo y Jervis (1779–1808),’ in Manuel Reyes García-Hurtado, Domingo L. González-Lopo and Enrique Martínez-Rodríguez, eds., El mar en los siglos modernos (Santiago de Compostela: Xunta de Galicia, 2009), vol. 2, 221–33; Agustín Guimerá and José María Blanco Núñez, eds., Guerra naval en la Revolución y el Imperio (Madrid: Marcial Pons Historia, 2008); Agustín Guimerá and Víctor Peralta, El Equilibrio de los Imperios: de Utrecht a Trafalgar (Madrid: FEHM, 2005).

Professor Richard Harding (University of Westminster) is Professor of Organisational History and Head of the Department of Leadership and Professional Development at the University of Westminster. His recent works include Modern Naval History: Debates and Prospects (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2015); The Emergence of Britain’s Global Naval Supremacy: The War of 1739–1748 (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2010), Naval Leadership and Management, 1650–1950 (Boydell Press, 2012) (edited with Helen Doe), A Great and Glorious Victory: New Perspectives on the Battle of Trafalgar (Barnsley: Seaforth Publishing, 2008).

Professor Andrew Lambert (King’s College, London) is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, and Director of the Laughton Naval History unit housed in the department. His work focuses on the naval and strategic history of the British Empire between the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War. His books include: The Crimean War: British Grand Strategy against Russia 1853–1856 (Manchester: 1990), ‘The Foundations of Naval History’: Sir John Laughton, the Royal Navy and the Historical Profession (London: 1997), Nelson: Britannia’s God of War (London: 2004), Admirals (London: 2008), Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Navigation (London: 2009) and The Challenge: Britain versus America in the Naval War of 1812 (London: 2012), which won the Anderson Medal of the Society for Nautical Research for the best maritime history book of that year.

Contre-Amiral Rémi Monaque (Marine française) is a rear Admiral (retired) of the French navy. Since 1992, he has devoted all his time to naval history research. His main books are: Latouche-Tréville, l’amiral qui défiait Nelson, Trafalgar, Suffren, un destin inachevé and, recently published, Une histoire de la marine de guerre française. He published several articles in The Mariner’s Mirror and was a co-author of The Trafalgar Companion published by Alexander Stilwell in 2005.

Dr. Agustín Ramón Rodríguez González is a member of the Real Academia de la Historia, Madrid, Spain. His works on the eighteenth-century Spanish navy include ‘Los españoles en Trafalgar: Navíos, cañones, hombres y una alianza problemática’, in Agustín Guimerá, Alberto Ramos and Gonzalo Butrón, eds., Trafalgar y el mundo atlántico (Madrid: Marcial Pons Historia, 2004); Trafalgar y el conflicto naval anglo-español del siglo XVIII (San Sebastián de los Reyes: Actas, 2005); ‘Las innovaciones artilleras y tácticas españolas en la campaña de Trafalgar,’ in XXXI Congreso Internacional de Historia Militar (Madrid, 21–27 Agosto 2005) (Madrid: Ministerio de Defensa, 2006); Victorias por mar de los españoles (Madrid: Grafite Ediciones, 2006); ‘Cádiz en la estrategia naval de la Guerra de la Independencia, 1808–1814’, in Agustín Guimerá and José M. Blanco (coords.), Guerra naval en la Revolución y el Imperio: Bloqueos y operaciones anfibias, 1793–1815 (Madrid: Marcial Pons Historia, 2008); ‘La Marina Ilustrada: Reflexiones sobre su eficacia combativa’, in Manuel R. García-Hurtado, ed., La Armada española en el siglo XVIII. Ciencia, hombres y barcos (Madrid: Sílex, 2012); ‘Les objectifs de la marine espagnole,’ in Olivier Chaline, Philippe Bonnichon and Charles-Philippe de Vergennes (dir.), Les marines de la Guerre d’Independance américaine (1763–1783). I. L’instrument naval (Paris: PUF, 2013).

Dr Catherine Scheybeler worked at the travel and exploration department of Bernard Quaritch, Antiquarian Booksellers, Ltd., from 2005 to 2009. For two of these years she studied for an MA in the History of Warfare at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London, passing with a distinction before continuing on to complete a full-time PhD in War Studies in 2014. Her thesis was on Spanish naval policy during the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746–59). Since her PhD, Catherine has written Africana: A Distant Journey into Unknown Lands. The Paolo Bianchi Collection of Works on the Exploration of Africa up to the Year 1900 (Shapero, 2014).

Professor Simon Surreaux (Centre Roland Mousnier), agrégé de l’Université, PhD in History, researcher associated with the Centre Roland Mousnier (Paris-Sorbonne University), has taught in Paris IV-Sorbonne University and Charles De Gaulle-Lille 3. Since September 2014, he has been Professor in preparatory classes to business schools in France, in Lyon and Saint-Etienne. Besides many articles on the place and role of the marshals of France of the Enlightenment in the cultural, political, diplomatic and military domains, he participated, supervised by Professor Lucien Bély, in the Dictionary Louis XIV (Paris: Robert Laffont, 2015). He published in particular: Les maréchaux de France des Lumières. Histoire et dictionnaire d’une élite militaire sous l’Ancien Régime (Paris: SPM-L’Harmattan, 2013). ‘Aimez-moi autant que je vous aime’. Correspondance de la duchesse de Fitz-James 1757–1771 (Paris: Vendémiaire, 2013). His PhD thesis, defended at Paris-Sorbonne University in 2011 on Les maréchaux de France au XVIIIe siècle. Histoire sociale, politique et culturelle d’une élite militaire, received the Daniel and Michel Dezés of the Fondation de France prize in March 2012. His research interests are political and institutional, military and naval, diplomatic and cultural history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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