Andrew Lambert Speaks on Corbett, Crusoe

November 18, 2016

On November 16 and 17, ISS welcomed Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History at King’s College London, to Yale, for two events as part of the maritime and naval studies initiative. On the 16th, Professor Lambert discussed the contemporary relevance of the British naval strategist Sir Julian Corbett with Col. Tom McCarthy, USAF. Arguing that Corbett must be understood in the political context of Edwardian Britain, Lambert described how Corbett saw Britain’s strategy in the Seven Years’ War as a template for how Britain should fight the next war: not by committing a large army to the continent, but by using the navy to deny Germany access to the sea and then to strangle Germany’s economy. Looking forward, then, it is essential for strategists to understand their history and their national character.

On the 17th, Lambert spoke to a large audience at the Law School as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series in National Identity. His subject was his new book, Crusoe’s Island. Anchoring his talk with his own experience visiting Juan Fernandez (now Robinson Crusoe) Island, Lambert charted the curious place the Island holds in English national identity.

For more upcoming events in our maritime and naval studies series, click here.