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Alfred Thayer Mahan

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840 – 1914) was a U.S. Navy flag officer, geostrategist, and historian, who has been called "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century." 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).

Part I. Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) Progressive Era/WWI Period. Naval officer, eventually a rear admiral, he was an early advocate of sea power, writing a score of books that influenced the global strategy of the Great Powers before WWI, emphasizing the critical influence of sea power to national greatness. His career was devoted largely to scholarship.

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'Marshmere', the Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan residence designed by Satterlee & Boyd in Quogue, with landscaping by Beatrix Jones Farrand. Admiral Mahan retired from the Navy in 1906 after writing a number of books on sea power and naval history.

Alfred Thayer Mahan, AHA president 1901-02. His presidential address, "Subordination in Historical Treatment," can be read here:


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As Rear Admiral, Stephen Bleecker Luce founded the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1884 and served as its first president. He and his protégée Alfred Thayer Mahan conceptualized America’s grandiose policy of “Manifest Destiny.” Three ships have been named USS Luce in his honor. His biographer characterized him as “intensely un-humorous.”

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