Britain and the Mine, 1900–1915

Culture, Strategy and International Law

  • Richard Dunley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Richard Dunley
    Pages 1-7
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    Pages 9-21
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    Pages 23-44
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    Pages 193-224
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    Pages 225-266
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    Pages 267-295
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    Pages 297-303
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 305-317

About this book


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.  


First World War Russo-Japanese War Royal Navy maritime warfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Dunley
    • 1
  1. 1.The National ArchivesKew, LondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72819-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72820-9
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