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Bruce Elleman: Research Professor, Maritime History Department, U.S. Naval War College, with an MA (1984) and PhD (1993) from the History Department, Columbia University; MS (1985) in international history, London School of Economics; and MA in national security and strategic studies, with distinction (2004), U.S. Naval War College. Recent books include "Modern Chinese Warfare: 1795 1989 "(New York: Routledge, 2001); "Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective, "edited, with Christopher Bell (London: Frank Cass, 2003); "Naval Blockades and Seapower: " "Strategies and Counter-strategies, 1805 2005, "edited, with S. C. M. Paine (London: Routledge, 2006); "Waves of Hope: The U.S. Navy s Response to the Tsunami in Northern" "Indonesia, "Newport Paper 28 (Newport, R.I.: Naval War College Press, 2007); and "Naval" "Coalition Warfare: From the Napoleonic War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, "edited, with Sarah Paine (London: Routledge, 2008).S.C.M. Paine: Professor in the Strategy and Policy Department, U.S. Naval War College, with the Ph.D. (1993) in Russian and Chinese History, Columbia University, and M.I.A. (1984) from School for International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Author of "The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power, and Primacy." (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003); "Imperial Rivals: China, Russia, and Their Disputed Frontier, 1858-1924." (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1996), winner of the 1997 Barbara Jelavich Prize for diplomatic history from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS). Editor of "Nation Building, State Building, and Economic Development: Case Studies and Comparisons "(Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2010) and co-author with Bruce A. Elleman of "Modern China: Continuity and Change 1644 to the Present "(Upper Saddle, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010). "


"International Journal of Naval History, " January 2015, Volume 12, Issue 1
"Commerce Raiding "Book Review by Jason W. Smith
==Excerpt from this book review below:
In "Commerce Raiding: Historical Case Studies, 1755-2009," the most recent edition in an excellent series published by the United States Naval War College, editors Bruce A. Elleman and S.C.M. Paine have compiled sixteen studies that range widely in chronology and geography. The result is a valuable international perspective, both in content and authorship, to this important aspect of naval war and strategic study.
The authors contribute concise essays, focusing, according to the editors' guidelines, on the international context, the belligerents, the distribution of costs and benefits, the logistical requirements, enemy countermeasures, and the operational and strategic effectiveness of these campaigns. The greatest strength of the book is in the less-studied cases such as the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the tanker war. Set within the comparative framework of more well-known instances of commerce raiding such as the German U-boat campaigns of the world wars, these case studies break new ground and fill historiographical gaps.
The editors and authors should be commended for a book that is broadly international in context and authoritative in its contributions, placing well-known cases among lesser known studies. This is comparative history executed at a high level. The insights derived from it transcend the extant scholarship on the subject and will prove valuable to historians in the military, the government, and the academy alike.

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