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Power, Law and the End of Privateering [Hardcover]

Jan Martin Lemnitzer

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7 Mar 2014
This book offers an exciting new take on the relationship between law and power, exposing the delicate balance between great powers and small states that is necessary to create and enforce norms across the globe. The 1856 Declaration of Paris marks the precise moment when international law became universal, and is the template for creating new norms until today. Moreover, the treaty was an aggressive and successful British move to end privateering forever - then the United States' main weapon in case of war with Britain. Based on previously untapped archival sources, Jan Lemnitzer shows why Britain granted generous neutral rights in the Crimean War, how the Europeans forced the United States to respect international law during the American Civil War, and why Bismarck threatened violent redemption during the Franco-German War of 1870/71. The powerful conclusion exposes the 19th century roots of our present international system, and why it is as fragile as before the First World War.

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"Jan Lemnitzer has awakened the 1856 Declaration of Paris from a very long sleep, and what an awakening it is! The Declaration of Paris, issued at the end of the Crimean War, is the grandfather of all modern international law agreements on the conduct of war, and it had a direct influence on both the US Navy's blockade of the Confederate States in the American Civil War and the attempted blockades of the Franco-Prussian War. It is a story of diplomats and captains, of lawyers and judges, and all with the threat of the most dire international conflicts hanging behind them. Here is a vast contribution to the American Civil War, European diplomatic history, and the laws of nations." - Professor Allen Carl Guelzo, Gettysburg College, USA, New York Times best-selling author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion "Jan Martin Lemnitzer reveals the forgotten origins of the modern law of the sea and shows that the 19th century's efforts to regulate naval warfare explain a great deal about the course of the First World War." - Professor Nicholas Rodger, All Souls College, Oxford, UK

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Jan Martin Lemnitzer is Lecturer in History at Pembroke College, Oxford, UK. He obtained his PhD in International History from the London School Economics, UK, before winning a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. Previously, he was Director of Studies at Oxford's Changing Character of War programme and taught at Christ Church, Oxford, UK.

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