This book is a considered and reflective account of his ideas on power at sea. Mahan opens by examining the strategic and practical elements that allow supreme control over the seas to be established. In particular he focuses on how Britain was able to gather influence and create a situation of all but complete dominance. Confident in the belief that most, if not all, armies would eventually be forced to submit to a complete naval blockade, he outlines the characteristics of the British nation up to this time which he believes allowed such progress to be achieved. He sets out a variety of geographical, demographic and governmental factors and expounds the reasons he sees them as a strong foundation for naval supremacy.
Mahan uses a wide range of secondary source material for a historian of his time and his practical bent has attracted the attention of many senior naval commanders across the world. German and Japanese commanders in particular favoured his resolute and clear recommendations.
An ideal source for naval and military historians as well as those interested in a realist assessment of Britain?s historical influence.
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Author(s) - Alfred Thayer Mahan
Published Date - August 22 2019
ISBN - 9781334997037
Page Count - 637
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