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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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The Royal Navy and Economic Warfare against the United States during the War of 1812

The Royal Navy and Economic Warfare against the United States during the War of 1812

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(p.137) Chapter Seven The Royal Navy and Economic Warfare against the United States during the War of 1812
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Economic Warfare and the Sea
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John B. Hattendorf

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621594.003.0008

This chapter provides an overview of recent scholarship on the Royal Navy’s economic blockade of the United States between 1812 and 1815. The article shows how the combination of British naval forces and privateers slowly strangled the American economy and nearly immobilized the U.S. Navy. Despite the Royal Navy’s very successful application of economic warfare, it was not decisive. Due to financial exhaustion following the Napoleonic wars, Parliament would not support the naval and military funding necessary to impose the harsh peace terms for which economic warfare had laid the foundation.

Keywords:   War of 1812, Blockade, United States of America, Privateers, Canada, United States Navy, Imports, Exports, National Debt, Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren

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