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Sea Power and the Control of Trade: Belligerent Rights from the Russian War to the Beira Patrol, 1854-1970

Vol 149 (2005), N. Tracy

The capacity of navies to influence world events through control of seaborne trade was profoundly affected by nineteenth-century developments in economic theory, commercial organization, and naval technology. In turn, these changing circumstances led, from the outbreak of the Russian war in 1854, to repeated attempts to rewrite the international law of belligerent rights at sea.

This collection of departmental files and treaties is intended to review the changing perceptions in the British government of the utility of naval control of trade, providing at once historical documentation, and material for analysis of the conflicting influences on policy and naval strategy.

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