Mahan, Corbett, and the Foundations of Naval Strategic Thought (Studies in Naval History and Sea Power) (Hardcover)

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At the turn of the twentieth century, Alfred Thayer Mahan and Julian Stafford Corbett emerged as foundational thinkers on naval strategy and maritime power. Important in their lifetimes, their writings remain relevant in the contemporary environment.

The significance of Corbett and Mahan to modern naval strategy seems beyond question, but too often their theories are simplified or used without a real understanding of their fundamental bases. Labeling a strategy, operation, or even a navy Mahanian or Corbettian tells very little. Mahan, Corbett, and the Foundations of Naval Strategic Thought provides an in-depth introduction and a means to stimulate discussion about the theories of Mahan and Corbett.

Although there is no substitute for opening the actual writings of Mahan and Corbett, this requires time, not just to read but most importantly to understand how states exploit the sea in the strategic sense. Mahan, Corbett, and the Foundations of Naval Strategic Thought takes the reader from their grand strategic foundations of sea power and maritime strategy, through their ideas about naval warfare and strategy, to how Mahan and Corbett thought a navy should integrate with other instruments of national power, and finally, to how they thought states with powerful navies win wars. This window into naval strategy provides twenty-first-century readers an understanding of what navies can and perhaps more importantly cannot do in the international environment.

About the Author


Kevin D. McCranie is the Philip A. Crowl Professor of Comparative Strategy at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. He is the author of Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War against Napoleon and Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781682475744
ISBN-10: 1682475743
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2021
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: Studies in Naval History and Sea Power