1st Edition

Naval Coalition Warfare From the Napoleonic War to Operation Iraqi Freedom

Edited By Bruce A. Elleman, S.C.M. Paine Copyright 2008
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is the first scholarly book examining naval coalition warfare over the past two centuries from a multi-national perspective.

    Containing case studies by some of the foremost naval historians from the US, Great Britain, and Australia, it also examines the impact of international law on coalitions. Together these collected essays comprise a comprehensive examination of the most important naval coalitions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Chapters are arranged chronologically, beginning with the Napoleonic Wars, and ending with the second Gulf War, and each makes use of new research and methodologies to address the creation of the coalition, its actions, and its short- and long-term repercussions.

    The editors draw contemporary lessons from the book’s historical case studies. These findings are used to discuss the likelihood and character of future naval coalition; for example, the likelihood and possible outcome of an anti-PRC coalition in defence of Taiwan.

    Naval Coalition Warfare will be of great interest to students of naval history, strategic studies, international history and international relations in general.

    John Hattendorf, Foreword

    Elleman/Paine, Introduction

    Capt. Jane Dalton, "International Law and Coalition Operations."

    Case Studies

    1. Steve Ross, "Caging the Eagle: Napoleonic War Coalitions."


    2. Andrew Lambert, "Military co-operation and arms competition: The Anglo-French naval coalition of 1853-56."

    3. Douglas Hurd, "Second Opium War Anglo-French Coalition."

    4. Larry Sondhaus, "Sea Power and Alliances in the Era of Bismarck and William II."

    5. Thomas Otte, "’Dash to Peking:’ The International Naval Forces during the Boxer Uprising in 1900."

    6. Paul Halpern, "The Naval Coalition against the Central Powers, 1914-1918."

    7. Bruce Elleman, "Sino-Soviet Naval Cooperation and Competition in the Second United Front and Beyond, 1937-1949."

    8. Gerhard Weinberg, "Germany and Assorted Allies in World War II: Cooperation with the Soviet Union, Italy, Romania, and Japan."

    9. Sally Paine, "Sino-Soviet-North Korean Coalition in the Korean War."

    10. Ed Marolda, "Reluctant Allies: The U.S.-Led Coalition in the Vietnam War."

    11. Brad Lee, "The Cold War as a Coalition Struggle."

    12. James Goldrick, "The Maritime Element in the 1990-91 Gulf Crisis: Drawing on the dividends of half a century of multinational naval cooperation."

    13. Charles Ingrao, "Western Intervention in Bosnia, 1995."

    14. Andrew Stigler, "Keeping the Allies in Operation Allied Force."

    15. Robert Schneller, "Operation Enduring Freedom: Coalition Warfare from the Sea."

    16. David Crist, "Coalition Politics in Operation Iraqi Freedom."



    Bruce Elleman is an Associate Professor in the Maritime History Department at the US Naval War College. He is author of Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795-1989 (Routledge, 2001), and co-editor, with Chris Bell, of Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective (Frank Cass, 2003). Sarah C.M. Paine is an Associate Professor in the Strategy & Policy Department at the US Naval War College