The Interest of America in International Conditions

The Interest of America in International Conditions


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The Interest of America in International Conditions by Alfred Thayer Mahan

Four years before the outbreak of the First World War, Alfred Thayer Mahan, the world famous naval historian and strategist, warned of the approaching conflict in The Interest of America in International Conditions. Mahan's geo-historical approach compared Imperial Germany's early twentieth-century quest for hegemony to previous attempts by Napoleon's France, Louis XIV's France, and the Austrian and Spanish Hapsburgs to upset the European balance of power. Each previous bid for hegemony brought forth a coalition of powers that restored the balance of power. Mahan foresaw in the early twentieth century that a new coalition of powers, including Britain, France, Russia, and the United States, would be needed to prevent German domination of the continent.

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ISBN-13: 9780765805256
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/31/2003
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) was a career officer in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of admiral on the retired list. He was the author of twenty books and 137 articles, mostly dealing with naval history and strategy and international relations.

Francis P. Sempa is the author of Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century, and has written introductions to Mahan's The Problem of Asia and The Interest of America in International Conditions and Bullitt's The Great Globe Itself, all available from Transaction. He is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and an adjunct professor of political science at Wilkes University.

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