Alfred Thayer Mahan

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) was a United States Navy officer, geostrategist, and historian. He is most famously known for his influential work 'The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783,' published in 1890. Mahan's theories on the importance of naval power as a factor in the rise of the British Empire helped shape naval strategies across the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


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  1. 1. The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783

    This book is a comprehensive examination of the importance of naval warfare in the period between 1660 and 1783. The author argues that sea power was a crucial factor in determining the outcomes of historical events during this period, including the rise and fall of empires and the outcomes of wars. The book provides detailed analyses of major naval battles, strategies, and technologies, as well as the economic and political factors that influenced the development of naval power. It is considered a seminal work in the field of naval history and strategy.