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Jan 18, 2011 mahan s book not only influenced congress and theodore roosevelt to authorize construction of a larger more modern fleet. His most prominent work, the influence of sea power upon history, 16601783, had a widespread impact on navies around the world. In 1890, us navy captain alfred thayer mahan wrote a landmark book entitled, the influence of sea power upon history, 16601783. Background in 1904, while mahan was continuing to author books, the scholar halford mackinder presented to the british royal geographical society his view that the era of 400 years of sea. September 27, 1840 december 1, 1914 was a united states naval officer and historian, whom john keegan called the. Early life alfred thayer mahan was born on september 27. This is one of those unknown enormously influential books in history. Subsequently herbert read mahans original influence of sea power book, in which he found supporting. As history books go, there are many chronicles that are better written than mahans. From his studies of naval warfare he drew principles of strategy that greatly influenced the development and employment of naval forces during the first half of the twentieth century. Alfred thayer mahan has 97 books on goodreads with 5012 ratings. Alfred thayer mahan author of the influence of sea power.

May 12, 2005 as history books go, there are many chronicles that are better written than mahans. From his studies of naval warfare he drew principles of strategy that greatly influenced the development and employment of naval forces during the first half of the. Jul 20, 2012 mahan on naval warfare ebook written by alfred thayer mahan. Mahans lecture notes become the basis for his book, the influence of sea power upon history, published in 1890.

In 1890, a book was published that would forever change the way naval strategy was orchestrated. Influence of sea power upon history 16601783 abridged and influence of sea power upon the french revolution 17931812 excerpts capt. The naval officer in question is alfred thayer mahan 18401914 who, in 1890, published the results of his extensive study of history, the influence of sea power upon history, 16601783. The book had great impact on navies around the world, and its.

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It details the role of sea power during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and discusses the various factors needed to support and achieve sea power, with emphasis on having the largest and most powerful fleet. Mahan, the inuence of sea power upon history, 16601783 boston. Alfred thayer mahan 18401914 was an american naval officer who wrote extensively on naval strategy and the history of sea power. A selected list of his works follows in chronological order. Mahans work is one of the most influential histories ever written. The influence of sea power upon history, 16601783 by mahan, a. This book charts the rise of the royal navy from 1660 and the challenge of the dutch and spanish, to the end of the american war of. This highly influential volume, first published in 1890, contains mahan s analysis and discussions of the factors leading to britain s naval domination in the eighteenth century, with strategic and tactical recommendations based on these factors. Mahan preached the importance of naval power to a nations success in trade and growth in power and influence, based on his reading of the history of the wars of the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, mostly around europe but also in the indian.

Mahan s lecture notes become the basis for his book, the influence of sea power upon history, published in 1890. Alfred thayer mahan author of the influence of sea power upon. So while the book adds great value to knowledge of mahan the individual, it offers little additional insight into mahan the navalist. Alfred thayer mahan project gutenberg selfpublishing. This novel persuasively laid the foundation for continued expansion and its popularity accelerated developments in expanding us control outside of the nation s borders. Alfred thayer mahan, published the influence of sea power upon history, 16601783 in 1890. Alfred thayer mahans most popular book is the influence of sea power upon history. Now, armstrong has written a new book on the famed strategist of seapower, 21st century mahan. Read alfred thayer mahan s biography, works and quotes online for free. Indeed, he might be considered the thinker on sea power, the essential starting point for studying the course and conduct of war at sea and for understanding the strategic importance of the maritime commons in determining the rise and fall of great powers. The influence of sea power upon history, 16601783 work. Alfred thayer mahan stands out as one of the foremost thinkers on naval warfare and maritime strategy. The influence of sea power upon history 16601783 by. Mahans writings and lectures greatly influenced theodore roosevelt, henry cabot lodge, and other world leaders, including german emperor wilhelm ii, shaping global policy based on sea power at the beginning of the 20th century.

Alfred mahan was an admiral in the us navy who wrote the influence of the power of the sea. Mahans early life was primarily influenced by two men his father dennis mahan and his uncle reverend milo mahan. Other articles where the influence of sea power upon history, 16601783 is discussed. Indeed, he might be considered the thinker on sea power, the essential starting point for studying the course and conduct of war at sea and for understanding the strategic importance of the maritime. Published the same year as the first edition boston. Kaiser williams is said to have devoured this book, and it was avidly. By the time of his death in 1914, mahans reputation had long transcended the limited circles of the u. In 1890, captain alfred thayer mahan, a lecturer in naval history and the president of the united states naval war college, published the influence of sea power upon history, 16601783, a revolutionary analysis of the importance of naval power as a factor in the rise of the british empire.

The younger mahan had seen combat during the civil war before being appointed a lecturer at the us naval academy. Consider by scholars as the single most influential book in naval strategy, alfred thayer mahans the influence of sea power upon history. Despite its drysounding title, however, mahans book instantly became a best seller in the united states. Mahan s thesis that for an nation to be great it had to be a sea power was immensely influential in the growth of the german navy prior to world war 1 and the expansion of the us into overseas areas in the late 1800 s and early 1900 s. The book, which came at a time of great technological improvement in warships, won immediate recognition. Mahans the influence of sea power upon history in 1890, outlined and argued that three factors were crucial to the united states rise to the position of a great world power. Mahan wanted to be able to compete with powerful european countries. Mahans scholarly effort, in preparation for a teaching assignment at the naval war. Feb 28, 2016 mahan preached the importance of naval power to a nation s success in trade and growth in power and influence, based on his reading of the history of the wars of the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, mostly around europe but also in the indian. Mahan on naval warfare by alfred thayer mahan books on. September 27, 1840 december 1, 1914 was a united states naval officer and historian, whom john keegan called the most important american strategist of the nineteenth century.

Alfred thayer mahan, plus connu sous le nom dalfred mahan ou celui dalfred t. Alfred thayer mahan september 27, 1840 december 1, 1914 was a united states navy admiral, geostrategist, and historian, who has been called the most important american strategist of the nineteenth century. Alfred thayer mahan, born september 27, 1840, west point, new york, u. It was written for the purpose of changing american attitudes towards modernizing its navy. The book, largely based on mahans lectures at the naval war college, became the bible for many navies around the world. The theories of alfred thayer mahan, however, did quite a bit to influence not only the u. Mahan s the influence of sea power upon history in 1890, outlined and argued that three factors were crucial to the united states rise to the position of a great world power. The younger mahan had seen combat during the civil war before being appointed a lecturer at the us naval academy at annapolis. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read mahan on naval warfare. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Mahan s first book, published in 1890, was about 600 pages and included 30. Alfred thayer mahan, american naval officer and historian who was a highly influential exponent of sea power in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in september 1840 to the famous west point military theorist and professor dennis hart mahan, alfred mahans early years seemed to destine him to a life of mediocrity, or, at least, obscurity.

It was an analysis of the importance of naval power as a contributing factor to the rise of the british empire. The influence of sea power upon history 16601783 by alfred. Alfred thayer mahan, the interest of america in sea power. Mahan wrote other books on sea power as well as biographies. Mahans book not only influenced congress and theodore roosevelt to authorize construction of a larger more modern fleet. The geopolitical vision of alfred thayer mahan the diplomat. He stressed the interdependence of the military and commercial control of the sea and asserted that the control of seaborne commerce can determine the outcome of wars. He died in washington, dc on 1 december 1914, and is buried at quogue, long island. Kaiser wilhelm ii reportedly ordered a copy of the book placed. Mahans book was similarly received to great acclaim in japan. Alfred thayer mahan 18401914 was an american naval officer and lecturer.

It details the role of sea power during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and discussed the various factors needed to support and achieve sea power, with emphasis on having the largest and most powerful fleet. Consider by scholars as the single most influential book in naval strategy, alfred thayer mahan s the influence of sea power upon history. Alfred thayer mahan wrote the influence of sea power upon history. Alfred thayer mahan september 27, 1840december 1, 1914 was a us navy flag officer, geostrategist, and historian.

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