Deterrence through Strength
British Naval Power and Foreign Policy under Pax Britannica
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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In the past several decades historians have expressed doubt about the validity of a Pax Britannica. The point of entry for this research was an impression that such doubts seemed, . . .
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The help, thoughts, and advice of many people have gone into the writing of this book. It began as a dissertation for Cornell University and has been completed during my time . . .
1. British Power in the Early Victorian Period
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In 1893 Joseph Chamberlain popularized the term Pax Britannica to describe an era that had begun with the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815.1 Although Chamberlain . . .
2. Politics, Policymaking, Principles, and Strategy
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It is all well and good to speak of Britain’s foreign policy in the early Victorian period, but what exactly does that mean? Who made British foreign policy between 1838 . . .
3. The Instruments of Power
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From 1838 to 1846 British governments could make foreign policy decisions based on the Royal Navy’s ability to project the nation’s power. Examining the state . . .
4. Britain Gets Its Way in North America
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Anglo-American relations in the late 1830s and early 1840s provide insights into Britain’s use of naval power in diplomacy. Despite formidable geographical . . .
5. China: Adjusting the Signal
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Anglo-Chinese relations between 1838 and 1846 give evidence of the worldwide reach of Britain’s commercial and naval power. In dealing with China, Britain . . .
6. The Mediterranean and the Problem of France
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Historians who doubt the importance of British power in sustaining a Pax Britannica most often point to Europe for evidence. If Britain could not influence European . . .
7. Restoring Britannica to Pax Britannica
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British naval power could and did influence other states in the early Victorian era. With a commanding fleet in commission and reserve, new steam warships, . . .
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Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 3 maps
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Studies in War, Society, & the Military