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The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783 [Paperback]

A.T. Mahan
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (24 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149743422X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497434226
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) was an American naval officer and lecturer. 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Alfred Mahan's theories about the necessity and potential impact of large and effective navies changed how the world saw war. Mahan proposed, in this 1890 work, that controlling the seas meant controlling international trade. And the country that controlled trade was the one that would win. Throughout history, readers will learn, the side that controlled the waters won the battle, even though that fact has often been overlooked.

History buffs and anyone with an interest in military strategy will be interested to read how the world was shaped more than they had ever imagined through the use of seafaring vessels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 27 May 2011
By Dsf
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Mahan's work is one of the most influential histories ever written. Its impact upon the naval policy and strategy of the Great Powers in the period 1890-1914 is difficult to overstate.

Mahan provides a clear and compelling case for the primacy of naval power in the modern world using the history of the period 1660-1783 as a foundation for his theories.

Mahan remains one of the finest strategic theorists. Mahan did for seapower what Clausewitz did for war on land: he gave a doctrinal basis for future strategic decisions.

Mahan's work is a classic of naval history, but is, more importantly, a superb explanation of naval strategy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and Inevitable 30 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Alfred Thayer Mahan, an instructor at the end of the 19th century at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, was the son of another important instructor of US officers, Dennis Hart Mahan, an instructor at the US Military Academy at West Point. Alfred T. Mahan's 'Influence of Seapower' is one of the most important and influential works in naval strategy. Even today, debate persists about its theories and interpretations. If you are seriously studying naval warfare it is essential and inevitable to read this work, whether you agree or not with the conclusions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SEA POWER 14 Mar 2013
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Influence of Sea Power upon History.
Have heard about this book for years, especially when on exchange duty with the United States Navy. Understand it is part of Officer Training Required Reading.
Have read and re-read the book, its suprising that it takes an American naval captain to encapsulate British Royal Naval history.
If you are at all interested in naval actions and battles this is a MUST.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The First Naval Strategist? 25 Jan 2013
By Denny H
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The major writings of A T Mahan are his two volume work on the Royal Navy and the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. 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 Independence. It begins with its introduction and first chapter setting out his concepts of naval strategy before studying the rise of the Royal Navy as a projection of national power and influence upon the world. Mahan uses the writings of Jomini and his major work on Napoleonic strategy, 'The Art of War', as the basis of his study on naval power, detailing force structure as well as logistics and how sea power can affect commerce and trade. A T Mahan is credited with being one of the first major thinkers on naval strategy and deserves to be read with that caveat in mind. An easy and informative read that leads you on to his major work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 Sep 2014
By Ryder
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Husband enjoyed reading this and found the facts very interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Naval Warfare 24 Nov 2001
In producing this work, Mahan set out to argue for his particular aims in Naval warfare and as a result, it is biased towards the importance of Battlefleet tactics.
Nevertheless, it does underline the importance of information provided by the wooden world and is essential reading for any scholar, examining aspects of naval warfare.
Well worth a read.
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