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Britain and the Mine, 1900–1915

Culture, Strategy and International Law


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Richard Dunley
    Pages 1-7
  3. Richard Dunley
    Pages 9-21
  4. Richard Dunley
    Pages 23-44
  5. Richard Dunley
    Pages 193-224
  6. Richard Dunley
    Pages 225-266
  7. Richard Dunley
    Pages 267-295
  8. Richard Dunley
    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

  1. 1.The National ArchivesKew, LondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

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. 

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