David Plouviez is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Nantes, a member of the Centre de recherches en histoire internationale et atlantique (CRHIA, EA 1163), and president of the Société française d’histoire maritime. Beginning with his doctoral thesis, his research has focused on the economy of naval warfare in Europe from the late seventeenth century to the beginning of the First Industrial Revolution. He studies the economic, financial and social conditions of the construction of the leading naval fleets, as well as technological transfer in the areas of naval construction and maritime artillery for these same periods. He analyzes in particular naval mobilization during the French Wars, and is currently working on the port of Nantes. His research will be published in a work on privateering between 1793 and 1799 (publication by Presses universitaires de Rennes in the first quarter of 2016), as well as in a monograph on Crucy Frères (1793-1815) a military naval construction company.