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The 1907 Naval War Plans and the second Hague peace conference: a case of propaganda

Martin, Christopher


Dr Chris Martin
Senior Lecturer and Head of Subject Group (Politics)


The phenomenon of mutual sea denial had rendered offensive naval actions such as commercial blockade impossible in the narrow seas around Europe. Consequently, the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir John Fisher, abandoned commercial blockade for the safer option of interdicting enemy commerce on the high seas where the Royal Navy could control communications. The proposal to extend immunity to all private property at sea at the 1907 Hague Conference threatened this strategy. As part of a wider campaign to convince the British establishment to oppose immunity, Fisher created the 1907 Naval War Plans to directly influence Cabinet decision-making. Fisher's close involvement in the creation of the 'Plans' indicates that they are an expression of Fisher's strategic vision. Moreover, Fisher's attempt to influence the Cabinet asks questions of the bureaucratic decision-making process within the British establishment before 1914.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2005-10
Print ISSN 0140-2390
Electronic ISSN 1743-937X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 5
Pages 833-856
APA6 Citation Martin, C. (2005). The 1907 Naval War Plans and the second Hague peace conference: a case of propaganda. Journal of Strategic Studies, 28(5), (833-856). doi:10.1080/01402390500393993. ISSN 0140-2390
Keywords Strategy; Propaganda; Decision-making
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