Balancing Strategy: Sea Power, Neutrality, and Prize Law in the Seven Years' War

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Cambridge University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.69 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author
Anna Brinkman is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London and co-director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. She is a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century maritime strategy and international law.
'Anna Brinkman's first book offers a compelling history of the Seven Years' War, focussed on the competing interests of neutral and belligerent powers. An exciting and important contribution to the history of maritime strategy and the modern law of war, prize taking and neutral-belligerent relations. Worth reading by anyone interested in understanding how economic and imperial imperatives impact the course and conduct of international conflict.' Maartje Abbenhuis, Waipapa Taumata Ray University of Auckland
'Balancing Strategy opens a window into the complex interplay of law, empire, seapower, and strategy. Through meticulous and well-documented case studies that incorporate legal records, private political accounts, and the popular press, Brinkman offers new insight into how Britain sought legitimacy for its increasing projection of power on the global stage.' Sarah Kinkel, University of Technology Sydney
'This is imperial, military, legal and maritime history at its scrupulous and creative best, at once both micro- and macro-historical. Through a detailed reconstruction of four cases coming before Britain's Court of Prize Appeal and concerning two Dutch and two Spanish vessels captured during the Seven Years War, Anna Brinkman convincingly reveals for the first time the overarching strategic role that the court played in balancing domestic and international law to keep the Dutch Republic and Spain neutral during the global conflict. Particularly nuanced - and wholly unique in prize history - is her attention to the human dimension of legal process: the myriad of people, personalities, ties, interests, and environments that destabilized or undergirded neutrality. A triumph of insight and scholarship.' David Hancock, The University of Michigan