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The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783


In his 1889 preface, Mahan examines the history of Europe and America “with particular reference to the effect of sea power upon the course of that history.” He continues, . . . The period embraced is from 1660, when. the sailing ship era, with its distinctive features, had fairly begun, to 1783, the end of the American Revolution. . . . Writing as a naval officer in full sympathy with his profession, the author has not hesitated to digress freely on questions of naval policy, strategy, and tactics; but as technical language has been avoided, it is hoped that these matters, simply presented, will be found of interest to the unprofessional reader. “. . . Historians generally have been unfamiliar with the conditions of the sea, having as to it neither special interest nor special knowledge and the profound determining influence of maritime strength ¬∑upon great issues has consequently been overlooked. This is even more true of particular occasions than of the general tendency of sea power. It is easy to say in a general way, that the use and control of the sea is and has been a great factor in the history of the world.”

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