Synopses & Reviews
Over 40 articles cover naval principles, sea power in history and naval and national policies. Wide-ranging coverage of strategic positions, principles of naval administration, growth of British sea power, The Battle of Trafalgar, the moral aspect of war, motives for naval power, and much more. 8 black-and-white maps and diagrams.
Naval historians and maritime students alike will welcome this fascinating compendium of writings by one of the world's most influential and respected experts on naval warfare. Considered by many the greatest of all naval theorists, Admiral Mahan was revered by his contemporaries (including Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, who made Mahan mandatory reading for his naval officers) for the quality of his insight and analysis.
Mahan's close reading of history, his evaluation of the lessons of naval events and his predictions and prescriptionsfor the conduct of future naval policy contributed powerfully to the shaping of the twentieth century. His influence on naval theorists and policymakers in every great nation was profound, but nowhere was it stronger than among the three "upstart" powers, the United States, Japan and Germany. The Mahan-inspired devotion of these three powers to challenging the naval superiority of the existing naval triumvirate, Britain, France and Russia, and then each other, was among the catalysts for the eruptions of 1914 and 1939.
While Mahan's theories received their mostcogent statement in his masterwork, The Influence of Sea PowerUpon History, 1660-1783, he expanded upon them in many other books, articles and essays. The present volume comprises a rich selection of his shorter pieces. Ranging widely, these selections cover over 40 different topics in a comprehensive discussion of naval principles, sea power in history, and naval and national policies. Taken together, they offer the distilled wisdom, sober evaluations and closely reasoned analysis of a celebrated figure who was an American naval officer in theCivil War, second president of the Naval War College and one of the most outspoken delegates to the Peace Conference at The Hague in 1899.
This single volume of selections will enable naval officers, laymen, armchair sailors and students of world historytograsp quicklythe essence of Mahan's ideas and their lasting effect upon naval policy and internationalaffairs."
Fascinating selections from the writings of great naval theorist. Fundamental principles of sea power, analysis of naval history, thoughts on policies and prospects for the future, much more. 8 black-and-white maps and diagrams. Index.
Table of Contents
PART I NAVAL PRINCIPLES
1. THE VALUE OF HISTORICAL STUDY
2. "THEORETICAL" versus "PRACTICAL" TRAINING"
A Historical Instance
What is Practical?
3. ELEMENTS OF SEA POWER
4. "DEFINITION OF TERMS : STRATEGY, TACTICS, LOGISTICS"
5. FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES
6. STRATEGIC POSITIONS
II. Military Strength
7. STRATEGIC LINES
Importance of Sea Communications
8. OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS
9. THE VALUE OF THE DEFENSIVE
10. COMMERCE DESTROYING AND BLOCKADE
Command of the Sea Decisive
11. STRATEGIC FEATURES OF THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN
12. PRINCIPLES OF NAVAL ADMINISTRATION
The British Systems
The United States System
13. The Military Rule of Obedience
14. PREPAREDNESS FOR NAVAL WAR
PART II SEA POWER IN HISTORY
15. A NATION EXHAUSTED BY ISOLATION
France under Louis XIV
16. THE GROWTH OF BRITISH SEA POWER
"England after the Peace of Utrecht, 1715"
17. RESULTS OF THE SEVEN YEARS' WAR
18. EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FORMALISM IN NAVAL TACTICS
19. THE NEW TACTICS
"Rodney and De Guichen, April 17, 1780"
20. SEA POWER IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Graves and De Grasse off the Chesapeake
21. THE FRENCH NAVY DEMORALIZED BY THE REVOLUTION
22. "HOWE'S VICTORY OF JUNE 1, 1794"
23. NELSON'S STRATEGY AT COPENHAGEN
24. ENGLAND'S FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE
25. THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
"The Nelson Touch"
Commerce Warfare after Trafalgar
26. GENERAL STRATEGY OF THE WAR OF 1812
Results of the Northern Campaign
27. LESSONS OF THE WAR WITH SPAIN
"The Possibilities of a "Fleet in Being"
28. THE SANTIAGO BLOCKADE
29. "FLEET IN BEING" AND "FORTRESS FLEET"
The Port Arthur Squadron in the Russo-Japanese War
30. ROZHESTVENSKY AT TSUSHIMA
PART III NAVAL AND NATIONAL POLICIES
31. EXPANSION AND OVER-SEA BASES
The Annexation of Hawaii
32. APPLICATION OF THE MONROE DOCTRINE
Anglo-American Community of Interests
33. CHANGES IN THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN
34. OUR INTERESTS IN THE PACIFIC
35. THE GERMAN STATE AND ITS MENACE
The Bulwark of British Sea Power
36. ADVANTAGES OF INSULAR POSITION
Great Britain and the Continental Powers
37. BEARING OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS ON NAVAL POLICY AND STRATEGY
38. SEIZURE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY AT SEA
39. THE MORAL ASPECT OF WAR
40. THE PRACTICAL ASPECT OF WAR
41. MOTIVES FOR NAVAL POWER