The Influence of Sea Power Upon History (1890)

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Digital Antiquaria, Incorporated, Sep 1, 2004 - History - 403 pages
Capt. Mahan's classic treatise on naval warfare and how its effective deployment changed the course of history. Featured are: the English and French wars against the Netherlands (1665-1667, 1672-1674, 1674-1678); War of the League of Augsburg (1688-1697); War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713); War of the Polish Succession; War of Jenkins' Ear (1715-1739); War of the Austrian Succession (1740); Seven Years' War (1756-1763);American Revolution; European wars (1779-1782) and naval engagements in the East and West Indies (1778-1783).Originally published in 1890, this work was the primary motivation for a massive upgrade of the United States Navy under the direction of Theodore Roosevelt (a competent naval historian in his own right).This masterfully crafted eBook is a faithful and unabridged presentation of the original first edition, including the author's footnotes. It is fully-searchable and fully-printable. (403pp, 3.06 Mb)

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Well sometimes a classic is book that is good to own, but not to read. Innovative as it might have been in it's day, it's more significant on reflection for creating history (arguably being an ... Read full review

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Such a hard long slog, but useful points were made. Especially about the roots of sea power and how sometimes the best way to seize land is to hold the seas. Some of the book has been overtaken by ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

The greatest U.S. military historian and one of the most influential of all nineteenth-century historians, Alfred Thayer Mahan was the son of an instructor at West Point. The younger Mahan, however, attended Annapolis and embarked on a naval career seeing duty in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico against the Confederacy. He taught briefly at Annapolis, but spent most of his academic career at the newly founded Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he eventually served as president. His lectures at the college formed the basis for his two major works, "The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660--1783," published in 1890, and "The Influence of Sea Power upon the French Revolution and Empire, 1793--1812," published two years later. These works attributed the dominance of Great Britain in world politics during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to its invincible navy. His ideas were picked up by Theodore Roosevelt in the United States, by Admiral von Tirpitz in Germany, and by Admiral Togo in Japan, and used to justify the building of large U.S., German, and Japanese fleets. Indeed, Mahan was assigned some of the blame for the naval race before World War I. Mahan wrote other books on sea power as well as biographies of Horatio Nelson and David Farragut. He was a founder of the Navy League and fought throughout his life for a Panama Canal.

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