Benjamin Redding

Benjamin Redding


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Key Research Interests and Expertise

Benjamin Redding was appointed Senior Research Associate in Maritime History in the School of History at the University of East Anglia in 2020. His research is currently funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Prior to his time at UEA, he was Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History at the University of Warwick (2016-2020) where he was also awarded his PhD.

Dr Redding's research and teaching interests include:

  • Early modern military history
  • The rise of state navies
  • Maritime culture and exploration
  • Politics and religion in Tudor/Stuart Britain
  • Valois and Bourbon France, especially the French Wars of Religion
  • Power and representation

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Dr Redding's research is led by a passion for all things related to the sea and military enterprise c. 1500-1800. He is particularly interested in how the cultural, political, and military spheres overlap. His publications explore the rise and decline of navies, nation and state building, identity formation, international cooperation, and conflict.

His recent book, The English and French Navies, 1500-1650: Expansion, Organization and State-Building, published by Boydell & Brewer in January 2022, traces the advances and deterioration of the early modern English and French sea forces and relates these changes to concurrent developments within the respective states. Other recent publications include a chapter on warship decoration and design, published in The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400-1800 (2020), edited by Jowitt, Lambert and Mentz; and an article published in The Mariner's Mirror that concerns the interconnected histories and competitive designs of the Caroline warship The Sovereign of the Seas and its French counterpart La Couronne.

His current in-progress work (with Claire Jowitt) is a project exploring the complex and varied material and cultural lives of English warships under the Commonwealth and Restoration regimes, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water