Collection CORBETT - CORBETT, Sir Julian Stafford (1854-1922)

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CORBETT, Sir Julian Stafford (1854-1922)


  • 1903-1920 (Creation)

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2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres

Scope and content

Manuscript notes by Corbett, for lectures, given at the Royal Naval War College, Portsmouth, Hampshire, between 1903-1918 relating to the First Anglo-Dutch War, 1652-1654, the War of the Spanish Succession, 1701-1714, the Trafalgar campaign, Napoleonic Wars, 1805, the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905, and combined operations. Six letters to Corbett, dated 1905, on a lecture given at the Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, from Col Sir Henry Seymour Rawlinson, 1st Bt, and R Adm Edmund John Warre Slade. Four letters to Corbett, dated 1906-1907, on a lecture to be given at Aldershot, 1907, from Maj Gen Sir Bruce Meade Hamilton and Adm Sir Lewis Anthony Beaumont. Four letters to Corbett, dated 1919-1920, on the writing of the Official History of the Great War: Naval operations (Longmans, London, 1920-1931), from Sir Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey, Secretary to the Cabinet, AF John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa (former First Sea Lord) and two from AF David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty of the North Sea and of Brooksby, First Sea Lord.

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General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1854; educated at Marlborough and Trinity College, University of Cambridge; travelled in India, 1877-1878; Barrister (Middle Temple), 1877-1882; travelled in North America, 1879; travelled in French North Africa, 1890; naval historian, 1890-1922; special correspondent to Pall Mall Gazette, Dongola Expedition, Sudan, 1896; Ford Lecturer in English History, Oxford, 1903; Lecturer in History to the Naval War College, Greenwich, London, 1902-1914; awarded Chesney Gold Medal by the Royal United Service Institution, 1914; knighted, 1917; died 1922. Publications: The fall of Asgard. A tale of St Olaf's days (Macmillan, London, 1886); For God and gold (Macmillan, London, 1887); Kophetua the thirteenth (Macmillan, London, 1889); Monk (Macmillan, London, 1889); Sir Francis Drake (Macmillan, London, 1890); A business in great waters (Methuen, London, 1895); Drake and the Tudor Navy. With a history of the rise of England as a maritime power (Longmans, London, 1898); Papers relating to the Navy during the Spanish War, 1585-1587 (Navy Records Society, London, 1898); The successors of Drake (Longmans, London, 1900); England in the Mediterranean. A study of the rise and influence of British power within the Straits, 1603-1713 (Longmans, London, 1904); Fighting instructions, 1530-1816 (Navy Records Society, London, 1905); England in the Seven Years' War. A study in combined strategy (Longmans, London, 1907); Signals and instructions, 1776-1794 (Navy Record Society, London, 1908); A note on the drawings in the possession of the Earl of Dartmouth illustrating the Battle of Sole Bay, May 28, 1672, and the Battle of the Texel, August 11, 1673 (Navy Records Society, London, 1908); The campaign of Trafalgar (Longmans, London, 1910); Some principles of maritime strategy (Longmans, London, 1911); The spectre of navalism (Darling and Son, London, 1915); The League of Peace and a free sea (Doran, New York, 1917); The League of Nations and freedom of the seas (Oxford University Press, London, 1918); Official History of the Great War: Naval operations (Longmans, London, 1920-1931).

Custodial history

Purchased by the Department of War Studies, King's College London, in 1996.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Off-campus collection

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Related materials

Correspondence and papers, 1873-1922, are held by the Manuscript Section, National Maritme Museum, Greenwich. The papers of AF John Arbuthnot Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone, in the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University, contain correspondence, 1903-1919 (Ref: FISR). The papers of AF Roger John Brownlow Keyes, Bt, 1st Baron Keyes of Zeebrugge and Dover, held by the Manuscript Collections, British Library, London, contain correspondence, 1918-1922.

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Publication note

Julian S Corbett, 1854-1922: historian of British maritime policy from Drake to Jellicoe by Donald Mackenzie Schurman (Royal Historical Society, London, 1981), Mahan is not enough: the proceedings of a conference on the works of Sir Julian Corbett and Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond, edited by James Goldrick and John B Hattendorf (Naval War College Press, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 1993), The foundations of naval history: Sir John Laughton, the Royal Navy and the historical profession by Dr Andrew Lambert (Chatham, London, 1998).


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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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