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This is an excellent monograph, well organized and balanced, on a so-called doctrine of international law which enables a belligerent to seize neutral ships or goods for violation of (a) trades for­ bidden to neutrals, (b) restrictions on the carriage of contraband, or (c) blockade, even though the ship or cargo is not directly destined for a belligerent port. It is a comparatively modern doctrine, not known before the eighteenth century. So important is it, that the legal system involved in the compromise between belligerent and neutral rights, known as international maritime law, may be destroyed if the doctrine is not strictly limited to its historical and consensual scope.

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