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Privateering and Diplomacy, 1793–1807

Great Britain, Denmark-Norway and the Question of Neutral Ports

Authors: Wold, Atle L.

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  • Charts the use that French and Dutch privateers made of ports on the southern and western coasts of Norway as bases for their attacks on the British Baltic Sea and Archangel trades
  • Offers new perspectives on the development of international law and diplomacy in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
  • Explores the contemporary debates over both the principle of privateering and neutrality, and its practical application
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This book addresses the British-Danish diplomatic debate on privateering and neutral ports in the period 1793-1807, when Denmark-Norway remained neutral in the war between Britain and France. The British government protested against the use French privateers made of Norwegian ports as bases for their attacks on the British Baltic Sea and Archangel Trades, but the Danish government insisted on keeping the ports open. This led to a running dispute on the relative rights and duties of belligerents and neutrals, but also on violations of the tentative agreement that the two governments reached in 1793. The three main chapters in the book address the principled debate on privateering and neutral ports; the central role played in the debate by the British diplomatic and consular representatives in Denmark-Norway; and privateering in practice. The final two chapters look at the impact of the Dutch change of sides in the war in 1795, and the development from the official closure of the Norwegian ports to privateers in 1799 until Denmark-Norway’s entry into the war on the side of France in 1807.

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Atle L. Wold is Associate Professor of British Studies at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of Scotland and the French Revolutionary War, 1792-1802 (2015).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Privateering and Diplomacy, 1793–1807
Book Subtitle
Great Britain, Denmark-Norway and the Question of Neutral Ports
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45186-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45186-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-45185-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 248
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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