Alfred Thayer Mahan

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Alfred Thayer Mahan (September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) was a United States Navy flag officer, geostrategist, and historian, who has been called "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century."[1] His concept of "sea power" was based on the idea that countries with greater naval power will have greater worldwide impact; it was most famously presented in The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783 (1890). The concept had an enormous influence in shaping the strategic thought of navies across the world, especially in the United States, Germany, Japan and Britain, ultimately causing a European naval arms race in the 1890s, which included the United States. His ideas still permeate the U.S. Navy Doctrine. Several ships have been named USS Mahan, including the lead vessel of a class of destroyers. |Contents | |[hide] | |1 Early life | |2 Naval War College and writings | |3 Strategic views | |4 Sea Power | |5 Impact on naval thought | |5.1 Japan | |6 Later career | |7 Honors | |8 Works | |9 See also | |10 Notes | |11 References | |11.1 Primary sources | |11.2 Further reading | |12 External links | [edit]Early life Alfred Thayer Mahan was born in West Point, New York, to Dennis Hart Mahan (a professor at the United States Military Academy) and Mary Helena Mahan. His middle name, Thayer, is after "the father of West Point", Sylvanus Thayer. He attended Saint James School, an Episcopal college preparatory academy in western Maryland. He then studied at
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