A University of Plymouth historian has been named as the joint-winner of a prestigious annual naval history essay prize.
Dr Louis Halewood was chosen by the Institute of Historical Research as one of two winners for the 2020 Sir Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History.
Louis, the Philip Nicholas Lecturer in Maritime History at the University, wrote his piece on the influence that British policymakers and strategic thinkers had upon the creation of the League of Nations – the forerunner of the United Nations – at the conclusion of the First World War
‘Peace throughout the Oceans and Seas of the World’: British Maritime Strategic Thought and World Order, 1892-1919’ explores the roots of British thinking around the idea of an international collective security organisation that would help maintain the country’s power into the 20th century. Key to this project, writes Louis, was cooperation at sea between the British Empire, the United States of America, France and Japan to ensure the maintaining of peace.
“I first became interested in ideas about international naval co-operation around a decade ago when learning about how navies work together in the 21st century to combat mutual threats at sea,”Louis said.