Maritime Strategy and Global Order

Markets, Resources, Security

Daniel Moran and James A. Russell, Editors

"It is a highly scholarly book on the role navies play both in war and peace. The authors’ scholarship is unmatched. It should be required reading in universities and military academies."
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Taken for granted as the natural order of things, peace at sea is in fact an immense and recent achievement—but also an enormous strategic challenge if it is to be maintained in the future. In Maritime Strategy and Global Order, an international roster of top scholars offers historical perspectives and contemporary analysis to explore the role of naval power and maritime trade in creating the international system.

The book begins in the early days of the industrial revolution with the foundational role of maritime strategy in building the British Empire. It continues into the era of naval disorder surrounding the two world wars, through the passing of the Pax Britannica and the rise of the Pax Americana, and then examines present-day regional security in hot spots like the South China Sea and Arctic Ocean. Additional chapters engage with important related topics such as maritime law, resource competition, warship evolution since the end of the Cold War, and naval intelligence.

A first-of-its-kind collection, Maritime Strategy and Global Order offers scholars, practitioners, students, and others with an interest in maritime history and strategic issues an absorbing long view of the role of the sea in creating the world we know.

Table of Contents

Daniel Moran and James A. Russell

Part I: Long War—Long Peace
1. The Pax Britannica and the Advent of Globalization
Andrew Lambert
2. The Great Disorder: Maritime Strategy in the World Wars, 1914–1945
Daniel Moran
3. The Cold War at Sea
Geoffrey Till

Part II: Regional Security
4. Middle Sea: The Mediterranean
Giuseppe Schivardi
5. Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea
Alessio Patalano
6. The Arctic: From Frozen Desert to Open Polar Sea?
Klaus Dodds
7. The Indian Ocean
James A. Russell

Part III: Architecture

8. The Warship since the End of the Cold War
Larrie D. Ferreiro
9. The Influence of Law on Maritime Strategy
Steven Haines
10. Mahan Revisited: Globalization, Resource Dependency, and Maritime Security in the Twenty-First Century
Michael T. Klare
11. Intelligence, Information, and the Leverage of Sea Power
John Ferris

Conclusion: Maritime Strategy and the Next World Order
Daniel Moran

List of Contributors



"It is a highly scholarly book on the role navies play both in war and peace. The authors’ scholarship is unmatched. It should be required reading in universities and military academies."—Washington Book Review

"It's commonplace to reduce maritime strategy to navies pummeling one another for command of the sea. By contrast, the contributors to Maritime Strategy and Global Order rightly keep their gaze wide. It alights on such matters as seagoing commerce, international law, and even ship design as well as combat. A well-written tour d'horizon of a topic of mounting importance."—James Holmes, Professor of Strategy, US Naval War College

"Far too little has been written on maritime strategy. This excellent volume fills an important gap by intelligently addressing the whole spectrum of issues from the legal normative framework to the varying concrete issues troubling the littoral states of the different seas. Drawing on the leading expertise of its contributors, it contextualizes the use of naval force within broader historical, political and economic contexts, in war and in the much more common periods of relative peace."—Beatrice Heuser, Chair of International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Reading

"This wide-ranging volume provides a major reappraisal of maritime strategy, covering historical, regional, and contemporary dimensions. It offers an essential primer for defense policy makers, naval officers, and students of strategic affairs."—Theo Farrell, Head of the Department of War Studies, King's College London

"This book is an eminently readable assessment of grand strategy, maritime power, and world order. Its treatment of historical, regional, and global trends is penetrating and essential for all those interested in the evolution of international order."—Sten Rynning, Professor of Political Science, Head, Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark


Klaus Dodds Larrie D. Ferreiro John Ferris Steven Haines Michael T. Klare Andrew Lambert Daniel Moran Alessio Patalano James A. Russell Giuseppe Schivardi Geoffrey Till

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About the Author

Daniel Moran is a professor of international and military history in the Department of National Security Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His books include Wars of National Liberation.

James A. Russell is an associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and the author of Innovation, Transformation, and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005–2007.

352 pp., 6 x 9
3 tables
ISBN: 978-1-62616-300-3
May 2016

352 pp., 6 x 9
3 tables
ISBN: 978-1-62616-072-9
May 2016

352 pp.
3 tables
ISBN: 978-1-62616-301-0
May 2016

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