The ability to influence world events through control of seaborne trade was profoundly affected by 19th-century developments in economic theory, commercial organization and naval technology, and by the growing power of the United States. In consequence the international law of belligerent rights at sea was repeatedly amended. Naval strategy in four wars reflected these changes in technology, power and law, and the ongoing process continues to influence international use of economic sanctions.
'… a useful and significant volume…' International Journal of Maritime History ’In my view, the book achieves its aim admirably. There is much useful background material here that will materially assist the seeker of knowledge as to the use of sea power in controlling seaborne trade.’ The Northern Mariner
Contents: Chronology; General introduction; Part I: The Russian War, The Declaration of Paris, the US Civil War and belligerent bights in the late 19th century. Part II: The Hague Conferences and the Declaration of London, 1899-1916. Part III: Wartime lessons and Anglo-American discord, 1918-30. Part IV: The use of belligerent rights, 1937-70. List of documents and sources; Indexes; Gazetteer.