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Economic Warfare and the SeaGrand Strategies for Maritime Powers, c. 1600-1945$
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David Morgan-Owen and Louis Halewood

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621594

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621594.001.0001

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Neither a Silver Bullet Nor a Distraction: Economic Warfare in Sea-power Theory

Neither a Silver Bullet Nor a Distraction: Economic Warfare in Sea-power Theory

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(p.45) Chapter Two Neither a Silver Bullet Nor a Distraction: Economic Warfare in Sea-power Theory
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Economic Warfare and the Sea
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Bleddyn E. Bowen

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621594.003.0003

This chapter outlines a framework of how to think about the dynamics of economic warfare at sea. Economic warfare features in sea-power theory as an instrument that is often important but usually an afterthought or something taken for granted. Decisive results have been denied to practitioners in the past as the economic pressure of sea power is indecisive. But that does not mean it is a mere distraction or that it cannot be effective as part of a broader grand strategy in war as well as peacetime coercion. The chapter outlines the points of theory that are useful for historical and contemporary studies of economic warfare. These points are taken from a variety of theorists and form a general consensus on the potential and pitfalls of maritime economic warfare in grand strategy.

Keywords:   Seapower Theory, Grand Strategy, Economic warfare, Blockade, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Julian Corbett, Raoul Castex

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