Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, by editor in chief John B. Hattendorf, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007.[1] The work was issued in four volumes in print and online in the Oxford Digital Library. The encyclopedia is devoted to global maritime history and contains more than 950 articles written by more than 400 authors in around 50 countries.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History
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AuthorJohn B. Hattendorf, editor in chief
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectMaritime history
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
2 April 2007
Media typePrint and online
PagesFour volumes (2,912 p.)
LC ClassVK15 .O84 2007

In summarizing its contents, Oxford University Press states that:[2]

The Encyclopedia covers the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today. Over nine hundred articles written by leading historians examine all aspects of maritime history, including naval history, shipbuilding, biographies of major figures, navigation and scientific instrumentation, maritime art and literature, commerce and economics, and international law. Placing maritime affairs in their larger historical context, the Encyclopedia shows how seafaring has both reflected and influenced the major economic, cultural, military, and political developments in world history.[3]


Dartmouth MedalEdit

In January 2008, the American Library Association at its annual meeting in Philadelphia announced that it would award its Dartmouth Medal to the Encyclopedia. The ALA news release explained:

Of all the titles the Dartmouth Medal Committee considered for this year's award, one left the others in its wake. You might say it floated to the top, or that it swam past the competition. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History is the first English-language scholarly reference log of its kind. Its four volumes hold a cargo of nearly one thousand signed entries and four hundred illustrations. One can scarcely fathom the depths of its contents. It contains all the seafaring topics you may expect "Shipwrecks," "Navigators," and "Ballast" and many you may not "Film," "Terrorism," and "Religion." Not only did the international crew of naval, academic, and independent authors admirably achieve their goal of creating an interdisciplinary resource, they also made it fun. This title is destined to be the flagship resource in maritime history for years to come.[7]


  1. ^ The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. Oxford University Press. 2007. doi:10.1093/acref/9780195130751.001.0001/acref-9780195130751. ISBN 978-0-19-513075-1.
  2. ^ The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. Oxford University Press. 2007. doi:10.1093/acref/9780195130751.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-19-513075-1.
  3. ^ OUP publicity information
  4. ^ "Professional Scholarly Publishing". Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Library Journal".
  6. ^ "John Lyman Book Award". Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2008.
  7. ^ ALA News Release 14 January 2008

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