The United Kingdom: A Post-modern Maritime and Globalised Nation



Ditch perceptions of the UK as a former imperial power desperately trying to arrest its decline. Martin argues that the UK remains a major political and military player in the modern world and a state that has aspirations to leadership. In economy, it is a maritime and globalised state, benefiting from the globalised economy but hugely vulnerable to disruptions to that economy. The UK is a post-modern state too in that it recognises that promotion of agreed norms and collaborative action is preferable to unilateralism. The twenty-first century will be the New Maritime Century. Accordingly, Martin argues, it is vital for the UK to maintain influence over events that will affect its well-being through the maritime environment. The UK must be able to offer leadership and have the means to do so. The means to influence and leadership is the Royal Navy.


Maritime Security Trading Environment Global Shipping Maritime Environment Maritime Sector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and PoliticsUniversity of Hull Law and PoliticsHullUK

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