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The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783

The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783

by A. T. Mahan


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The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) was an American naval officer, considered one of the most important naval strategists of the nineteenth century. In 1885 he was appointed Lecturer in Naval History and Tactics at the US Naval War College, and became President of the institution between 1886-1889. This highly influential volume, first published in 1890, contains Mahan's analysis of naval warfare and tactics between 1660-1783. Mahan discusses and analyses the factors which led to Britain's naval domination during the eighteenth century, and recommends various naval strategies based on these factors. His work was closely studied by contemporary military powers, with his tactics adopted by many major navies in the years preceding the First World War. This volume is considered one of the most influential published works on naval strategy, and is invaluable for the study of naval warfare both before and during the First World War.

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ISBN-13: 9781108023719
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/02/2010
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introductory; 1. Discussion of the elements of sea power; 2. State of Europe in 1660. Second Anglo-Dutch War, 1665-1667. Sea battles of Lowestoft and of the Four Days; 3. War of England and France in alliance against the United Provinces, 1672-1674. Finally, of France against combined Europe, 1674-1678. Sea battles of Solebay, the Texel, and Stromboli; 4. English Revolution. War of the League of Augsburg, 1688-1697. Sea battles of Beachy Head and La Hougue; 5. War of the Spanish Succession, 1702-1713. Sea Bettle of Malaga; 6. The Regency in France. Alberoni in Spain. Policies of Walpole and Fleurl. War of the Polish Succession. English contraband trade in Spanish America. Great Britain declares war against Spain. 1715-1739; 7. War between Great Britain and Spain, 1739. War of the Austrian Succession, 1740. France joins Spain against Great Britain, 1744. Sea battles of Matthews, Anson, and Hawke. Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, 1748; 8. Seven Years' War, 1756-1763. England's overwhelming power and conquests on the seas, in North America, Europe, and East and West Indies. Sea battles: Byng off Minorca; Hawke and Conflands; Pocock and D'Aché in East Indies; 9. Course of events from the Peace of Paris to 1778. Maritime war consequent upon the American Revolution. Sea battle off Ushant; 10. Maritime war in North America in North America and West Indies, 1778-1781. Its influence upon the course of the American Revolution. Fleet actions off Grenada, Dominica, and Chesapeake Bay; 11. Maritime War in Europe, 1779-1782; 12. Events in the East Indies, 1778-1781. Suffren sails from Brest for India, 1781. His brilliant naval campaign in the Indian Seas, 1782, 1783; 13. Events in the West Indies after the surrender of Yorktown. Encounters of De Grasse with Hood. The sea battle of the Saints. 1781-1782; 14. Critical discussion of the Maritime War of 1778; Index.

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billcstf04 More than 1 year ago
It is hard to write a short non-scholarly review of Admiral Mahan's master work which to this day influences US and NATO doctrine. It is a fascinating analisis of a critical historical period and led to major changes in the naval doctrines of all the major powers before WWI. Interestingly India's adoption of a "blue water" navy concept shows his influence on today's events. Bill
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic that is just as valid today as it was when articulated. Its thesis underlies much US foreign policy for the past 100+ years. Few expositions have survived the test of that much time.
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Even knowing i havent read the book it looks neat and interesting. Plus the cover seems to have the heavy frigate u.s.constitution.
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