Daniel A. Baugh

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Daniel Albert Baugh (born 10 July 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is "seen as the definitive historian of [British] naval administration."[1] Baugh has defined his own contribution in explaining "My research field is mainly England, 1660-1840. By studying administration chiefly in terms of administrative problems, I hope to improve our understanding of both the nature of society and the development of government."[2]

Early life and education[edit]

The son of Albert Croll Baugh (born 1891), a professor of English Literature, and his wife Nita Scudder Baugh, Daniel Baugh attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. In 1954, he joined the United States Navy and served for three years, rising to the rank of lieutenant. In 1955, he married Carol Allen Baugh, and together they had three children. Following his naval service, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in 1957. Moving on to Cambridge University, Baugh earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Cambridge in 1961 with his thesis, completed under the supervision of John Ehrman, on British naval administration in the War of 1739-48.

Academic career[edit]

In 1961, Princeton University appointed Baugh to history instructor, and in 1964, assistant professor of history . In 1969, the Cornell University Department of History appointed him associate professor and he remained at Cornell until his retirement.

Baugh received a Social Science Research Council Grant in 1966-67, and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in 1977-78.

In 2011, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich awarded him its Caird Medal in recognition of his distinguished career of scholarship on eighteenth century British naval history.

Published works[edit]

  • British naval administration in the age of Walpole, Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1965.
  • Aristocratic government and society in eighteenth-century England : the foundations of stability, edited with an introduction by Daniel A. Baugh. New York: New Viewpoints, 1975.
  • Naval administration, 1715-1750, edited by Daniel A. Baugh. London: Printed for the Navy Records Society, 1977.
  • The Global Seven Years War 1754-1763: Britain and France in a Great Power Contest. London: Longmans, 2011.

Major Articles and Contributions to Books:

  • "The Politics of Naval Failure, 1775-1777," American Neptune, 52 (Fall 1992), 221-46.
  • "Maritime Strength and Atlantic Commerce: The uses of 'a grand marine empire'" in An Imperial state at war: Britain from 1689 to 1815, edited by Lawrence Stone. London; New York: Routledge, 1994.
  • "The Eighteenth Century Navy as a National Institution, 1690-1815," in J. R. Hill and Bryan Ranft, eds., The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • "Elements of Naval Power in the Eighteenth Century", "Trade and Colonies: Financial and Maritime Strength, ca. 1714-1790", "The Global Warfare of Britain and France, 1739-1763: Aims, Strategies, Results", by Daniel Baugh, and "The War for America, 1775-1783" by Daniel Baugh and N. A. M. Rodger" in John B. Hattendorf, ed. Maritime History, vol. 2. The Eighteenth Century and the Classic Age of Sail. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing, 1997.
  • "Naval power: What gave the British navy superiority?" in Leandro Prados de la Escosura, ed., Exceptionalism and Industrialism: Britain and Its European Rivals, 1688-1815. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.


  1. ^ Eugene L. Rasor, English/British Naval History to 1815. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. p. 45.
  2. ^ Contemporary Authors (Gale, 2002)