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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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Protecting Neutrality at Sea in a Global Age, 1815–1914

Protecting Neutrality at Sea in a Global Age, 1815–1914

(p.157) Chapter Eight Protecting Neutrality at Sea in a Global Age, 1815–1914
Economic Warfare and the Sea

Maartje Abbenhuis

Liverpool University Press

This chapter argues for the central importance of the development of the principle of neutrality in explaining the contours of the nineteenth-century age of industrial globalisation and the waging of economic warfare between 1815 and 1914. It highlights how nineteenth-century imperial expansion and industrial growth were dependent on the ability of industrial states to sustain easy access to the open seas, even in time of war. It describes how the naval powers co-ordinated and negotiated the rights and duties of neutrals and belligerents in international law in such a way as to maximise the financial, industrial and imperial advantages from doing so. It also explains how the principles of war avoidance and neutrality maintenance helped to underwrite the global power of Great Britain and the contours of the Pax Britannica.

Keywords:   Neutrality, Globalisation, Economic warfare, Maritime warfare, International law, Britain, Belligerent rights, Open seas

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