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Total Factor Productivity For The Royal Navy From Victory At Texel (1653) To Triumph At Trafalgar (1805)

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This particular historical narrative, constructed around the familiar concepts and scaffolding of a macro production function, offers the following brief prospectus of plausible but speculative hypotheses for refinement and research. First, the rise of British naval supremacy from 1652 was path dependent and linked by loops of inter-connexions to the growth of the economy. Second, politically, the development of a strong navy depended upon a slow evolution (1453-1649) of a maritime strategy which was deployed to maintain internal order in a less than united and potentially ungovernable kingdom. These include the development and consolidation of the realm's extensive maritime sector protected by the Royal Navy. Finally, this narrative remains negotiable. It represents the culture promoting the First Industrial Revolution as an outcome of successful policies to promote shipping and commercial services. Furthermore, margins of efficiency over rival navies from 1653 to 1805 were in all probability rather small.

Keywords: 1653 to 1805; British naval supremacy; First Industrial Revolution; maritime strategy; Royal Navy



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