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History Instructor Publishes First Book on British Navalism

June 02, 2021

Dr. Bradley Cesario of the Angelo State University history faculty has published his first book, titled “New Crusade: The Royal Navy and British Navalism, 1884-1914,” through De Gruyter, an international publishing house based in Berlin, Germany, that specializes in academic literature.

Published as part of the De Gruyter “Studies in Military History” series, “New Crusade: The Royal Navy and British Navalism, 1884-1914” examines one form of the British navalist movement: directed navalism. As opposed to the broader cultural conception of British naval power, directed navalism consisted of a cooperative, symbiotic working relationship between three elite and self-selecting groups: serving naval officers, the press and politicians. Directed navalism meant agitation for a specific, achievable goal. It was the bedrock upon which the more popular and ultimately more successful cultural navalism of fleet reviews and music halls was built.

Though directed navalism collapsed before World War I, it was extraordinarily successful in its time, and it was a necessary precursor for the creation of a national discourse in which cultural navalism could thrive. Its rise and fall is the story of this book.

Dr. Bradley Cesario Dr. Bradley Cesario “New Crusade” is available through De Gruyter, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other online booksellers.

An ASU faculty member since 2020, Cesario teaches U.S. History and U.S. Military History. He previously taught at Texas A&M University and served as the historian in residence at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) at Texas A&M. He also worked as a research assistant for the Naval Order of the United States from 2016-17.

In addition to his book, Cesario has published feature articles for the DPAA and five book reviews, and he has presented research papers at professional conferences in Texas, Ohio and London, England.

Cesario earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, along with his master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M.