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The Blockade Legend: the Limitations on the British Empire's Blockade of Germany, 1914-1917 - 18 February 2021

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Speaker: Eric Grove, Associate Fellow Institute for Strategic Studies

Chair: Dr Alan James, War Studies Department



After studying at Aberdeen University and Kings College London, Eric Grove was appointed a civilian lecturer, then Deputy Head of Strategic Studies at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He also taught on exchange in the History Department at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, then became a self-employed strategic analyst and defence consultant, teaching at The Royal Naval College Greenwich and the University of Cambridge and working with the Foundation for International Security and founded the Russia-UK-US naval discussions and confidence building talks.

In 1993, he became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull where he obtained a PhD on the basis of his published works and became Reader in Politics and International Studies and Director of the Centre for Security Studies. He then moved to the University of Salford where he became Professor of Naval History and Director of the Centre for International Security and War Studies.

After a brief period as Professor of Naval History at Liverpool Hope University, he retired from full time teaching in 2015 although he continued until 2018 as a regular lecturer at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He remains a visiting supervisor for The Master of Studies programme at Cambridge and an external examiner for PhDs at various universities.

He has spoken at conferences around the world on maritime history and strategy and does a great deal of freelance writing and book reviewing, with a regular column in Navy News. He often appears on documentaries and news programmes on both radio and television and has published many books including: Vanguard to Trident (the standard work on post-1945 British naval policy), The Future of Sea Power, Sea Battles in Close-Up and Fleet to Fleet Encounter.

He was a co-author of the original edition of the official publication ‘BR1806, The Fundamentals of British Maritime Doctrine’ and editor for the US Naval Institute of the latest edition of Corbett's classic, Some Principles of Maritime Strategy.

Professor Grove is a Vice-President and Fellow of the Society for Nautical Research, a member of Council of the Navy Records Society, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, President of Maritime History North, a First Sea Lord's Fellow and an Associate Fellow of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In 1988, during the 'Team Work' NATO exercise on board the nuclear powered cruiser USS South Carolina, he was appointed an Honorary Chief in the United States Navy.


This seminar is part of the long-running ‘King’s Maritime History Seminars’ hosted by the Laughton Naval History Unit (on behalf of the British Commission for Maritime History and the Society for Nautical Research)

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18 February 2021

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