Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective

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Christopher M. Bell, Bruce A. Elleman
Psychology Press, 2003 - Political Science - 288 pages
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This volume brings together a set of scholarly, readable and up-to-date essays covering the most significant naval mutinies of the 20th century, including Russia (1905), Brazil (1910), Austria (1918), Germany (1918), France (1918-19), Great Britain (1931), Chile (1931), the United States (1944), India (1946), China (1949), Australia, and Canada (1949).

Each chapter addresses the causes of the mutiny in question, its long- and short-term repercussions, and the course of the mutiny itself. More generally, authors consider the state of the literature on their mutiny and examine significant historiographical issues connected with it, taking advantage of new research and new methodologies to provide something of value to both the specialist and non-specialist reader. The book provides fresh insights into issues such as what a mutiny is, what factors cause them, what navies are most susceptible to them, what responses lead to satisfactory or unsatisfactory conclusions, and how far-reaching their consequences tend to be.

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The Revolt of the Lash 1910
The Cattaro Mutiny 1918
Red Sailors and the Demise of the German Empire 1918
The French Naval Mutinies 1919
The HMAS Australia Mutiny 1919
Mutiny in the Chilean Navy 1931
The Invergordon Mutiny 1931
The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny 1946
The Chongqing Mutiny and the Chinese Civil War 1949
The Postwar Incidents in the Royal Canadian Navy
Naval Mutinies in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

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Christopher M. Bell is professor of history at Dalhousie University

in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dr. Elleman received a master of philosophy degree in 1987, an East Asian Certificate in 1988, and his PhD in 1993 at Columbia University. In addition, he completed a master of sciences degree at the London School of Economics in 1985, and a master of arts in national security and strategic studies (with distinction) at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, in 2004. Elleman's dissertation research on Sino-Soviet diplomatic relations was conducted in Russia (1988-89), the People's Republic of China (1990-91), Taiwan (1991-92), and Japan (1992-93). Dr. Elleman was a Title VIII Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1993-94, and National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1994-95. Elleman then taught in the History Department at Texas Christian University. He spent the 1998 calendar year at International Christian University, Tokyo, as a visiting fellow. In 2000, Dr. Elleman moved to the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College. In 2002-2003 he was a research fellow at the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, and the recipient of a Social Science Research Council grant for advanced research on Japan. His dissertation was published as Diplomacy and Deception: The Secret History of Sino-Soviet Diplomatic Relations, 1917-1927 (M. E. Sharpe, 1997). He coedited with Stephen Kotkin Mongolia in the Twentieth Century: Landlocked Cosmopolitan (Sharpe, 1999). His other books are Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795-1989 (Routledge, 2001, translated into Chinese); Wilson and China: A Revised History of the 1919 Shandong Question (Sharpe, 2002); Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective, edited with Christopher Bell (Frank Cass, 2003, translated into Czech); Japanese-American Civilian Prisoner Exchanges and Detention Camps, 1941-45 (London: Routledge, 2006); and Naval Blockade and Seapower: Strategies and Counter-Strategies, 1805-2005, edited with S.C.M. Paine (Routledge, 2006). An edited book (with S.C.M. Paine), Naval Coalition Warfare: From the Napoleonic War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, is forthcoming in 2007. Currently Elleman is writing a history of the Chinese navy and, with S.C.M. Paine, a textbook on Chinese history. A fourth book in the maritime series that began with the 2003 work on naval mutinies is projected, focusing on piracy.

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