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The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660–1783

The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660–1783

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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108023719

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  • Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) was an American naval officer, considered one of the most important naval strategists of the nineteenth century. In 1885 he was appointed Lecturer in Naval History and Tactics at the US Naval War College, and became President of the institution between 1886–1889. This highly influential volume, first published in 1890, contains Mahan's analysis of naval warfare and tactics between 1660–1783. Mahan discusses and analyses the factors which led to Britain's naval domination during the eighteenth century, and recommends various naval strategies based on these factors. His work was closely studied by contemporary military powers, with his tactics adopted by many major navies in the years preceding the First World War. This volume is considered one of the most influential published works on naval strategy, and is invaluable for the study of naval warfare both before and during the First World War.

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108023719
    • length: 640 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 25 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introductory
    1. Discussion of the elements of sea power
    2. State of Europe in 1660. Second Anglo-Dutch War, 1665–1667. Sea battles of Lowestoft and of the Four Days
    3. War of England and France in alliance against the United Provinces, 1672–1674. Finally, of France against combined Europe, 1674–1678. Sea battles of Solebay, the Texel, and Stromboli
    4. English Revolution. War of the League of Augsburg, 1688-1697. Sea battles of Beachy Head and La Hougue
    5. War of the Spanish Succession, 1702-1713. Sea Bettle of Malaga
    6. The Regency in France. Alberoni in Spain. Policies of Walpole and Fleurl. War of the Polish Succession. English contraband trade in Spanish America. Great Britain declares war against Spain. 1715–1739
    7. War between Great Britain and Spain, 1739. War of the Austrian Succession, 1740. France joins Spain against Great Britain, 1744. Sea battles of Matthews, Anson, and Hawke. Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, 1748
    8. Seven Years' War, 1756–1763. England's overwhelming power and conquests on the seas, in North America, Europe, and East and West Indies. Sea battles: Byng off Minorca
    Hawke and Conflands
    Pocock and D'Aché in East Indies
    9. Course of events from the Peace of Paris to 1778. Maritime war consequent upon the American Revolution. Sea battle off Ushant
    10. Maritime war in North America in North America and West Indies, 1778–1781. Its influence upon the course of the American Revolution. Fleet actions off Grenada, Dominica, and Chesapeake Bay
    11. Maritime War in Europe, 1779–1782
    12. Events in the East Indies, 1778–1781. Suffren sails from Brest for India, 1781. His brilliant naval campaign in the Indian Seas, 1782, 1783
    13. Events in the West Indies after the surrender of Yorktown. Encounters of De Grasse with Hood. The sea battle of the Saints. 1781–1782
    14. Critical discussion of the Maritime War of 1778
    Index.

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    A. T. Mahan

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