Mahan's Influence on United States Naval Strategy through 1918
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan became an accomplished writer on naval strategy during his period of naval service. In 1890 Mahan received international acclaim for his literary efforts and was acknowledged within his own country as an expert on naval matters. Admiral Mahan was not a creator of naval strategy. Rather he will be remembered for his unique ability to extract from a study of history those recurring factors, which when put in context, form a basis for sound naval strategy. Throughout his writing Mahan stressed the historical lessons of command of the seas, concentration of force, control by blockade, and politics through power. The central theme of the review is Americas gradual adoption of the Mahan philosophy of defense through offense from the early struggle for independence in 1775 to her rise to international prominence in 1918.
- Naval Surface Warfare