Historians have long argued about the true mechanism behind a ninety-year period of relative peace in Europe, a period that began with the end of the Napoleonic wars and became known as the Pax Britannica. Over the years critics have questioned both aspects of this term—whether the period was actually as peaceful as its title suggests and whether that peace really was, in large part, due to Great Britain’s overwhelming and imposing com- mercial, industrial, financial, and naval might.
Ross, Angus K.
"Deterrence through Strength: British Naval Power and Foreign Policyunder Pax Britannica,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 65
, Article 18.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol65/iss3/18