ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

maandag 21 mei 2018

CONFERENCE: 15. Internationaler Kongress zur Diplomatik (Leipzig, 4-6 Oct 2018); DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION 15 SEP 2018

Kontakt und Organisation
Dr. des. Sebastian Roebert
Tel.: +49 (0)341 97 37 083

Dr. des. Eric Böhme
Tel.: +49 (0)341 97 37 112

Um Anmeldung wird gebeten bis 15. September 2018.
Für Fragen und Hilfestellungen für die Organisation Ihrer Übernachtung wenden Sie sich bitte an die Organisatoren der Tagung.


Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig
Karl-Tauchnitz-Str. 1
04107 Leipzig

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Quellen zur Geschichte der „internationalen“ Beziehungen zwischen politischen Zentren in Europa und der Mittelmeerwelt (ca. 800–1600): Briefe – Urkunden – Verträge


Donnerstag, 04. Oktober 2018

9.00-9.30 Uhr

Eröffnung der Tagung

Einführung in die Tagung


9.30-10.00 Uhr
The Kalmar Treaty: Historiography and Political Background

10.00-10.30 Uhr
CLAES GEJROT (Stockholm)
The Kalmar Treaty: Texts and Language. Some Formal and Diplomatic Aspects

10.30-10.45 Uhr

10.45-11.00 Uhr

11.00-11.30 Uhr
The Kalmar Treaty: Who Were the People Involved? A Norwegian Perspective

11.30-12.00 Uhr
The Kalmar Treaty: Filing and Exemplifying the Documents

12.00-12.15 Uhr

12.15-13.30 Uhr


13.30-14.00 Uhr
Die Verträge zwischen Livland und Russland (15.–16. Jahrhundert)

14.00-14.30 Uhr
SVEN JAROS (Leipzig)
Von Krewo bis Lublin. Stadien, Akteure und Kontexte der polnisch-litauischen Union im Spiegel ausgewählter Dokumente (14.–16. Jahrhundert)

14.30-14.45 Uhr

14.45-15.00 Uhr

15.00-15.30 Uhr
Die Verträge zwischen Serbien und Dubrovnik (Ragusa): Die politischen Beziehungen im Spiegel von diplomatischen Formen (XII.-XV. Jh.)

15.30-16.00 Uhr
Aus den letzten Tagen von Byzanz: Der chrysoboullos logos von Konstantinos XI. Palaiologos vom Juni 1451 für Ragusa

16.00-16.15 Uhr

16.15-16.30 Uhr

16.30-17.00 Uhr
Ungarisch-tschechische Friedensverträge im 13. Jahrhundert

17.00-17.30 Uhr
GYÖRGY RÁCZ (Budapest)
Charters and Letters of the Congress of Visegrád in 1335

17.30-17.45 Uhr

18.15-19.15 Uhr
Assemblée Générale der Commission Internationale de Diplomatique

19.30 Uhr

Freitag, 5. Oktober 2018


9.00-9.30 Uhr
Diplomatischer Schriftwechsel in der Karolingerzeit. Eine Spurensuche

9.30-10.00 Uhr
Die Verträge zwischen Friedrich Barbarossa und Venedig

10.00-10.30 Uhr
Schriftliche Kommunikation der böhmischen Länder mit der römischen Kurie am Ende des 13. Jahrhunderts

10.30-10.45 Uhr

10.45-11.00 Uhr

11.00-11.30 Uhr
Performing victory and defeat through charters. Material context and social perception of the early 13th-century treaties concluded between the French King and the Count of Flanders

11.30-12.00 Uhr
Das Bündnis zwischen König Adolf I. (von Nassau) und dem englischen König Edward I. (1294) und der Zufall der Überlieferung

12.00-12.30 Uhr
JAN W. J. BURGERS (Amsterdam)
Travelling Clerks. The International Outlook of the Clerks at the Princely Courts of the Low Countries, 1280-1350

12.30-12.45 Uhr

12.45-14.00 Uhr

14.00-14.30 Uhr
Von Fernost ins Abendland. Die Briefe mongolischer Herrscher an den König von Frankreich (um 1300)

14.30-15.00 Uhr
SZILÁRD SÜTTŐ (Miskolc, Ungarn)
Die Urkunden vom 28. Juli 1385 über die geplante Ehe zwischen Wilhelm von Habsburg und der ungarisch-polnischen Königstochter Hedwig im Wiener Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv und die Umstände ihrer Ausfertigung Uhr

15.15-15.30 Uhr

15.30-16.00 Uhr
The Union of Leonor of Portugal with the Emperor Frederick III of Germany: Marriage Contract, Charters, Letters and Narratives

16.00-16.30 Uhr
Le traité de paix universelle de Londres (1518)

16.30-16.45 Uhr

16.45-17.00 Uhr


17.00-17.30 Uhr
Diplomatic Relations between the Kingdoms of León and Castile and Their Neighbours (1140–1230 ca.)

17.30-18.00 Uhr
Tratados, documentos y cartas entre las Coronas de Aragón y Castilla: la Guerra de los Dos Pedros (1356 y 1369)

18.00-18.15 Uhr

Samstag, 6. Oktober 2018

9.00-9.30 Uhr
The Treaty of Tordesillas between Portugal and Castile (June, 7, 1494)

9.30-10.00 Uhr
Trattati e dintorni: Genova e Bisanzio nella seconda metà del secolo XII

10.00-10.15 Uhr

10.15-10.30 Uhr

10.30-11.00 Uhr
I trattati tra Venezia e i regni musulmani e arabi d'Oriente e d'Occidente (XI-XIV secolo)

11.00-11.30 Uhr
Trent'anni dopo. Ritorno sulle tracce scritte dei rapporti tra Pisa e il Maghreb nel medioevo (secoli XII-XIV)

11.30-11.45 Uhr

11.45-12.00 Uhr

12.00-12.30 Uhr
L’alliance conclue entre le sultan mamelouk Khalīl et le roi d’Aragón Jacques II en 693/1293

12.30-13.00 Uhr
ANA LABARTA (Valencia)/ROSER SALICRÚ (Barcelona)
Le traité de paix bilingue entre le Royaume de Grenade et la Couronne d’Aragon de 1405

13.00-13.15 Uhr

13.15-13.30 Uhr
Abschluss der Tagung

(source: ESCLH Blog)

CALL FOR PAPERS: SEMINAR: On the Origins of International Legal Thought (Cambridge: Lauterpacht Centre, 7 Dec 2018) DEADLINE 31 JUL 2018

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Comprehension of the development of legal thought over time is necessary for any historical, philosophical, practical, or theoretical enquiry into the subject today. Perspective is everything. When seen against the background of broad geopolitical, diplomatic, administrative, intellectual, religious, and commercial changes, law begins to appear very resilient. It withstands the rise and fall of empires. It provides the framework for the establishment of new orders in the place of the old. Today what analogies, principles, and authorities of law have survived these changes continue to inform so much of the international legal tradition, and it is unobvious why tomorrow will be any different.

An intimate seminar will take place across one day at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law towards the end of Michaelmas Term. Participation is open to academics from around the world. The conference is free, with little chance of a per diem reimbursement, however there may be some prospect for the remuneration of a portion of travel and accommodation expenses in exceptional cases.

A handful of candidates will be invited to participate personally, and this line-up will be confirmed at a later date. On top of this, there are between three and four positions available to be filled. Although the call is open to historians and legal scholars working in any period from Ancient Rome to the present, preference will be shown towards historical research framed within the period between 1860 and 1939, especially if concern is shown for private international law, public international law, or legal/state personality in this period. Sympathy towards imperial, interpolitical, and/or interreligious perspectives will be especially welcome. More than anything else, participants should be prepared to contemplate the dynamism of legal thought in various contexts. If your work meets a good standard, there is every prospect of inclusion within an edited collection of chapters, entitled Empire and Legal Thought (Oxford University Press). If you would like to be included within this collection, a full chapter of 8,000 words will need to be provided before the end of the calendar year. Please, therefore, send an abstract of between 200 and 500 words, along with some indication of whether or not you would like to contribute a chapter to a volume for OUP, to, by July 31st, 2018. All things considered, participants who are prepared to publish a chapter along the lines of the presentation will be favoured at the shortlisting stage.

This seminar will be organised and led by Dr Edward Cavanagh FRHistS is a Fellow of Downing College, a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre of International Law, an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies, and a member of the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. He has published several articles across law and history in a number of well reputed outlets, including Law and History ReviewItinerarioModern Intellectual HistoryHistorical JournalComparative Legal HistoryHistory CompassSouth African Journal on Human Rights, and Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.

(source: ESCLH Blog)

zaterdag 19 mei 2018

REMINDER: JHIL Conference February 2019: Politics and the Histories of International Law (MPIL Heidelberg; DEADLINE 31 MAY 2018)

We have the following Call for Papers for a conference on “Politics and the Histories of International Law” by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.


L’histoire n’est pas une religion. L’historien n’accepte aucun dogme, ne respecte aucun interdit, ne connaît pas de tabous. Il peut être dérangeant. - LIBERTÉ POUR L’HISTOIRE, 2005

Almost all scholarship on international law and its history has political implications. Some say that international legal scholarship is inevitably ideological in nature and that its findings depend on concealed political preferences. Put differently, legal scholarship could be nothing more than the pseudo-objective defence of ruling ideologies. Most famously, Hans Kelsen had denounced a ‘tendency wide-spread among writers on international law’ to produce ‘political ideology’. Kelsen sought to escape this by writing books of a ‘purely juristic character’ (Principles of International Law, 2nd ed. 1967, ix). In his foreword to the commentary on the UN Charter of 1950, he stressed that ‘separation of law from politics in the presentation of national or international problems is possible’ (The Law of the United Nations, 1950, viii).

Many nowadays doubt that purging international legal scholarship of politics would work. In 2004, Martti Koskenniemi put this as follows: ‘The choice is not between law and politics, but between one politics of law, and another. Everything is at stake, but not for everyone’ (EJIL 16 (2005), 123).
So, which factors ‘politicise’ international legal scholarship? The first factor is that the object under investigation is itself a political matter. International law has throughout its history been political, because its content depends on the political power of the parties negotiating the treaties, and because it transports political values.

Scholars themselves cannot completely avoid being more or less political actors, because their value judgements, which are inescapable, often carry political implications. However, an important difference between doing scholarship and doing politics lies in the authors’ main intention: It is, ideal-typically, not the primary purpose of scholarship to make politics and unbounded evaluation but to generate knowledge − which could then be used politically, by the author herself or by others. Along this line, most scholars of history seek to uncover various aspects of past events and debates and to contextualise them, thereby realising a modicum of objectivity and neutrality. Some consciously try to avoid judgment, while others are more prone to judging deliberately and to employing historical insights in contemporary political debates.

Research on the history of international law is not only inherently political but moreover specifically ‘risk-prone’. Writing on topics such as genocide, state of exception, failed states, humanitarian intervention, asymmetrical war, or cyber-attacks is especially liable to being used and abused by participants in political controversies. In fact, when it comes to writing history, the fight over master narratives is especially fierce, among governments, in different academic camps, and between governments and academics. The notorious example are memory laws which consecrate specific views on atrocities of the past (especially genocidal massacres) and which sometimes additionally criminalise the denial of those atrocities. These attempts to close historical debates by law have been criticised by historians, most famously in the petition ‘Liberté pour l‘histoire’ by French historians reacting against various French memory laws.

To conclude, the interpretations of historical events are almost inescapably political, and potentially have the power to shape international relations: ‘On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées’ (Victor Hugo, Histoire d’un crime, 1877/2009, 639). It is against this background that the rights and responsibilities of those researching on the history of international law should be seen.

The JHIL invites scholars to engage with the questions of the role of politics and ideology in the historiographies of international law. We welcome propositions for papers which address methodological questions, as well as case studies or historiographical analyses that focus on certain contentious subjects within the field of international law and its history


  • Date: The conference will last from Friday morning, 15 February to Saturday noon (16 February 2019). It will start with an informal get-together on Thursday evening, 14 February.
  • Venue: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Scholars who would like to present a paper at the conference are invited to submit a title and abstract (250–500 words) to the managing editor of the JHIL ( before 1 June 2018. Abstracts will be assessed by the editors of the JHIL with involvement of the journal’s Academic Advisory Board. A decision on acceptance of the abstract will be communicated by 1 July 2018.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be requested to submit their draft papers by 1 February 2019. The draft will be circulated among participants (authors and admitted engaged listeners).
  • Final versions of the papers will be due by 30 March 2019. Papers will then be submitted to the normal review procedure of the JHIL, online at: editorial
  • See the “Instructions for authors” online at: authors_instructions/JHIL.pdf.
  • The Max Planck Institute will cover the costs of the accommodation of accepted paper presenters (up to three nights) and will offer a needs-based subsidy towards travel costs.
  • An additional call for engaged listeners will be issued shortly.
  • For updated technical information on the conference see publications/periodic-publications/jhil.cfm.

For more information, please visit the website of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

(source: ESCLH Blog)

vrijdag 18 mei 2018

JOURNAL: European Journal of International Law XXIX (2018), No. 1

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The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law, the official organ of ESIL, published its latest issue. Several contributions touch on either the foundations or the historical development of international law.

Eyal Benvenisti, 'Upholding Democracy Amid the Challenges of New Technology: What Role for the Law of Global Governance?'
Wolfgang Alschner, Damien Charlotin, 'The Growing Complexity of the International Court of Justice’s Self-Citation Network'
Hendrik Simon, 'The Myth of Liberum Ius ad Bellum: Justifying War in 19th-Century Legal Theory and Political Practice'
Ignacio de la Rasilla, 'A Very Short History of International Law Journals (1869–2018)'

Focus: International Economic Law 
Sungjoon Cho, Jürgen Kurtz, 'Convergence and Divergence in International Economic Law and Politic'
Christopher Vajda, 'The EU and Beyond: Dispute Resolution in International Economic Agreements'

Symposium: International Law and the First World War International Law before 1914 and the Outbreak of War
Gabriela A Frei, 'International Law and the First World War: Introduction'
Jochen von Bernstorff, 'The Use of Force in International Law before World War I: On Imperial Ordering and the Ontology of the Nation-State'

Critical Review of International Jurisprudence 
Alan Desmond, 'The Private Life of Family Matters: Curtailing Human Rights Protection for Migrants under Article 8 of the ECHR?'

Critical Review of International Governance 
Joel A Dennerley, 'State Liability for Space Object Collisions: The Proper Interpretation of ‘Fault’ for the Purposes of International Space Law'

Review Essay 
Charlotte Peevers, 'Liberal Internationalism, Radical Transformation and the Making of World Orders'

Book Reviews

More information here.

donderdag 10 mei 2018

BOOK : David DEROUSSIN, ed., La Grande Guerre et son droit (Paris: Librairie LGDJ). ISBN 9782275060521, 44,00 €

(Source: Librairie LGDJ)

Librairie LGDJ has just published a new book on World War I and its influence on lawyers and legal systems during the war.


Si le centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale a évidemment été l'occasion d'expositions et de manifestations scientifiques nombreuses, rares sont celles dont le droit a été l'objet exclusif. Tel est au contraire le parti pris de l'ouvrage aujourd'hui présenté au public, qui entend appréhender non seulement l'attitude des juristes face à la guerre, mais aussi la réaction des systèmes juridiques eux-mêmes, à travers des exemples tirés tant du droit privé que du droit public, dans le but de saisir le fonctionnement concret des règles de droit dans un contexte assurément particulier, la résistance des principales distinctions (droit privé/droit public), catégories (propriété privée) et notions juridiques et la solidité de certains principes juridiques (liberté contractuelle, intangibilité du contrat).
L'ouvrage s'adresse ainsi non seulement aux universitaires et étudiants des facultés de droit et d'histoire, mais aussi à tous ceux qui souhaitent découvrir comment les systèmes juridiques des principaux pays belligérants, confrontés à l'âpreté des combats et à l'enlisement d'un conflit dans lequel ils ne sont pas tous entrés de manière identique, ont entendu répondre aux divers défis qui leur étaient adressés. 

Les contributions réunies dans ce volume, pour l'essentiel rédigées par des historiens du droit, montrent alors que, pour chacun de ces systèmes, les difficultés liées à la mobilisation, à la conduite des opérations militaires, au maintien de l'activité économique, au fonctionnement de la justice ou encore à la réparation des dommages de guerre, ont souvent été résolues au moyen de techniques pour une bonne part similaires, comme la mise en place d'un contrôle accru des activités économiques au moyen notamment de restrictions à la liberté contractuelle et à la liberté du commerce, le recours à la technique des moratoria ou, au contraire, le maintien de certains grands principes du droit contractuel, spécialement la force obligatoire du contrat. Elles montrent également que cette adaptation des systèmes juridiques au temps de guerre a souvent bénéficié de l'expérience passée (notamment le premier conflit franco-prussien de 1870) et que, sur certains points (réparation des dommages de guerre, encadrement accru du contrat de bail), elle laissera des traces bien après la fin des hostilités. 

Sous la direction de David Deroussin, avec les contributions de P. Allorant, Ph. Bouchardeau, P.-L. Boyer, A.-S. Chambost, F. Cherfouh, D. Deroussin, C. Drand, B. Durand, Fr. Gilson,
J.-L. Halpérin, J. Hummel, J. Lafosse, E. Lemonidou, A. Mages, U. Pavan Dalla Torre, A. Péroz, G. Richard, G. Rubin, G. Sawicki, M. Wanaim, J. Zollmann.

The first pages of the book, including its table of content, can be found here

For more information, see the publisher’s websiteµ

(source: ESCLH blog)

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference - A Century of Internationalisms: The Promise and Legacies of the League of Nations (Lisbon, 19-20 September 2019), DEADLINE 31 OCTOBER 2018

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Via H-Law, we have the following CFP for an international conference on the League of Nations:

Call for Papers

Lisbon, 19-20 September 2019

Intergovernmental organizations – understood as multilateral institutions created by sovereign states, with their own permanent structures and charged with the long-term pursuit of common goals – are tools for promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts and facilitating cooperation. By establishing permanent dialogue between governments and trying to promote cooperative relations between peoples at a global level, intergovernmental organizations are a fundamental new element of global politics in the contemporary era. The genealogy and nature of intergovernmental organizations has therefore been the subject of highly relevant political controversy as well as significant debate in academia.

Established in January 1920, at the end of the First World War, the League of Nations was the first permanent multilateral organization set up to maintain peace and collective security, aiming at promoting a new stable and prosperous international order. Although it was meant to be in principle a global organization, European states de facto were the central core of founding members. After a decade, it became increasingly clear that the League’s performance in addressing major conflicts did not live up to the expectations of guarantying the collective security of member states. Resolutions and sanctions were ineffective against increasingly violent conflicts. In the functional areas, regarding minority rights and in the oversight of the role of imperial powers in mandate territories, the League of Nations created an important precedent but also showed important limitations.

With the suspension of the activities of the League of Nations with the beginning of the Second World War and its subsequent replacement came the idea of a total failure of the League of Nations. But current studies have pointed in new directions in the analysis of the knowledge of the organization. This rehabilitation of the importance of the critical study of the League of Nations has led to new and different readings of its various facets. It is, nevertheless, important to pursue these new approaches not only from an institutional perspective, but also by a more multidimensional and comparative analysis that does greater justice to the rich and important history of the organization. The tools of International History, Global and Transnational History, History of Ideas, Comparative History, Social History, Labour History, History of Communications, History of Health, History of Migration and others allow us to consider the presence and the role of the League of Nations in various scales and spaces, as well as its relationship with a diversity of actors and themes.

The relevance of the League of Nations is also justified by how topical and important many of the issues with which it struggled still are. The growing globalization and mobility of the contemporary era, voluntary or not, generates global problems and norms with enormous national and local impact. It has been in and through intergovernmental organizations that global regimes have been defined in a variety of areas – human rights, drug trafficking, terrorism and refugees. This brings us to the controversial but arguably indispensable role of multilateral organizations in international governance, as standards-makers and managers of the problems and challenges of contemporary societies which require a global response.

To promote the debate between those who study the League of Nations and connected topics we will organize an interdisciplinary conference to be held in Lisbon on 19 and 20 September 2019.

The keynote speakers are:
- Erez Manela (Harvard University)
- Mark Mazower (Columbia University) – to be confirmed
- Nicolas Werth (CNRS)
- Patricia Clavin (University of Oxford)
- Patrick Finney (Aberystwyth University)
- Philippe Rygiel (École Normale Supérieure - Lyon)
- William Mulligan (University College Dublin)

Proposals for 20-minute presentations on issues related to the League of Nations will be accepted, including but not limited to the following topics:

- The genealogy of the concept of intergovernmental organizations;
- Concepts and methodologies for the study of intergovernmental organizations;
- History of intergovernmental organizations;
- The Paris peace talks, the Peace Treaties and the creation of the League of Nations;
- Institutional structure and dynamics of the League of Nations;
- The League of Nations and the relationship with its member states;
- The League of Nations and international civil service;
- The League of Nations and international peace and security;
- The League of Nations and the rights of minorities and refugees;
- The League of Nations, empires and international mandates;
- The League of Nations, social issues and the International Labour Organization (ILO);
- The League of Nations and technical areas;
- The League of Nations and non-state actors;
- The League of Nations and other international organizations;
- The League of Nations, international law and justice;
- The transition from the League of Nations to the United Nations (UN).

Abstracts of presentations (300 words) and biographical notes (250 words) should be sent in English or French or Portuguese                      
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 October 2018.
Date of notification of acceptance: 15 December 2018.

N.B. Submissions can be made in English, French or Portuguese. However, to facilitate debate the organizers encourage participants to use English in their oral presentation.

A publication of some of the papers presented at the conference is a future aim.
The registration will have a fee of 25 EUR.

Organizing Committee
Aurora Almada e Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Cristina Rodrigues (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Bruno Cardoso Reis (ISCTE-IUL)
João Paulo Avelãs Nunes (CEIS20 – Universidade de Coimbra)
Pedro Aires Oliveira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Yvette Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)

Scientific Committee
Álvaro Garrido (CEIS20 – Universidade de Coimbra)
Aurora Almada e Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Bruno Cardoso Reis (ISCTE-IUL)
Cristina Rodrigues (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Erez Manela (Harvard University)
Fernando Tavares Pimenta (IPRI – NOVA FCSH)
Filipe Ribeiro Meneses (Maynooth University)
Hipolito de la Torre Gómez (UNED)
Luís Nuno Rodrigues (ISCTE-IUL)
Maria Manuela Tavares Ribeiro (CEIS20 – Universidade de Coimbra)
Mark Mazower (Columbia University)
Nicolas Werth (CNRS)
Patricia Clavin (University of Oxford)
Patrick Finney (Aberystwyth University)
Pedro Aires Oliveira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Philippe Rygiel (École Normale Supérieure - Lyon)
William Mulligan (University College Dublin)
Yvette Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)

Institutional Sponsorship
Diplomatic Institute / Portuguese Ministry for Foreign Affairs

(Source: H-Law/ESCLH-blog)

BOOK: Richard DUNLEY, Britain and the Mine, 1900-1915 : Culture, Strategy and International Law (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). ISBN 978-3-319-72820-9, $ 109.00

(Source: Palgrave Macmillan)

Palgrave Macmillan has just published a book on mine warfare, international law, and Britain’s relationship with these issues during the early 20th century.


This book examines Britain’s complex relationship with the mine in the years 1900-1915. The development of mine warfare represented a unique mix of challenges and opportunities for Britain in the years before the First World War. The mine represented the antithesis of British maritime culture in material form, and attempts were made to limit its use under international law. At the same time, mine warfare offered the Royal Navy a solution to its most difficult strategic problem. Richard Dunley explores the contested position occupied by the mine in the attitudes of British policy makers, and in doing so sheds new light on the overlapping worlds of culture, strategy and international law. 


Richard Dunley is Principal Records Specialist at the National Archives, UK. His previous publications examine British defence, strategic and foreign policy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Introduction Pages 1-7
Mining in a Cultural Context Pages 9-21
British Attitudes to Mining Before 1904 Pages 23-44
Mine Warfare in the Russo-Japanese War: The Royal Navy Perspective Pages 45-71
The Russo-Japanese War: Outrage and Reaction Pages 73-95
Mining and International Law: Britain and the Hague Conference Pages 97-130
The Strategic Shift: The Origins of British Mine Warfare Pages 131-163
Development and Institutionalisation: Offensive Mining 1906–1909 Pages 165-192
Strategic Flux and Technical Failure Pages 193-224
The Test of Conflict Pages 225-266
War, Law and Diplomacy Pages 267-295
Conclusion Pages 297-303

More information with the publisher

(source: ESCLH blog)