By A. T. Mahan
First released nearly a century in the past, this vintage textual content at the heritage and strategies of naval battle had a profound influence at the imperial guidelines of the entire significant powers. Kaiser Wilhelm is related to have "devoured" this publication, and it was once avidly learn via presidents (including either Roosevelts), kings, major ministers, admirals, and chancellors.
This booklet used to be the paintings of famous U.S. naval officer and historian Alfred Mahan (1840–1914), who argued that regardless of nice alterations and clinical advances in naval weaponry, yes precept of naval approach stay consistent, and international locations forget about them at their peril. Credited with stimulating the expansion of recent navies in best international locations of the realm, the textual content continues to be a simple authority at the technique of naval war and continues to be utilized in the warfare colleges.
Demonstrating via old examples that the increase and fall of seapower (and of countries) has continuously been associated with advertisement and armed forces command of the seas, Mahan describes profitable naval recommendations hired long ago — from Greek and Roman occasions throughout the Napoleonic wars. Focusing totally on England's upward thrust as a sea energy within the 18th century, the ebook offers not just an summary of naval strategies, yet a lucid exposition of geographical, financial, and social components governing the upkeep of sea power.
The paintings is punctiliously written and tremendously well-documented; furthermore, the author's transparent, well-thought-out textual content avoids technical language, making it available to a nonprofessional viewers. moreover, 4 maps and a great quantity of plans of naval battles aid the reader take hold of the tactic and strategies enthusiastic about the various history's maximum maritime conflicts. during this reasonably cheap version, the publication represents an necessary sourcebook for statesmen, diplomats, strategists, and naval commanders in addition to scholars of heritage and overseas affairs. even though ships, guns, and the worldwide stability of energy have altered enormously on account that 1890, the teachings taught right here so vividly and compellingly are nonetheless acceptable at the present time. contains four maps, 24 conflict plans.