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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About Nicholas Tracy

Nicholas Tracy is an adjunct professor in the University of New Brunswick, Canada, an Associate of the Gregg Centre at UNB, a Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, and Associate of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College, London.

His publications include
• Navies, Deterrence and American Independence (University of British Columbia Press, 1988).
• Attack on Maritime Trade (Macmillan Press, 1991).
• The Collective Naval Defence of the Empire: 1900 – 1940 (Navy Records Society, 1997).
• Sea Power, and the Control of Trade, Belligerent Rights from the Russian war to the Beira Patrol (Navy Records Society, 2005).
• Britannia’s Palette: The Arts of Naval Victory (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007).
• Nelson’s Battles, the Triumph pf British Seapower (Seaforth, 2008).
• The Battle of Quiberon Bay 1759, Hawke and the Defeat of the French Invasion (Pen & Sword, 2010).
• A Two-edged Sword: The Navy as an Instrument of Canadian Policy (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.