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1890 First Edition: The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783 by Captain A. T. Mahan

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The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783

Captain A. T. Mahan


Book condition: The front cover and first page is loose and there is some damage to the spine but the actual book is in remarkable condition for its age with very little foxing.


It is selling for $984 in the USA


London Sampson Low, Marston and Co. Ltd, 1890. Hardcover.

Mahan argued that British control of the seas, combined with a corresponding decline in the naval strength of its major European rivals, paved the way for Great Britain’s emergence as the world’s dominant military, political, and economic power. Mahan and some leading American politicians believed that these lessons could be applied to U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the quest to expand U.S. markets overseas.


  1. Mahan’s The Influence of Sea Power upon History: Securing International Markets in the 1890s
    In 1890, Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, a lecturer in naval history and the president of the United States Naval War College, published The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660–1783, a revolutionary analysis of the importance of naval power as a factor in the rise of the British Empire.

    The 1890s were marked by social and economic unrest throughout the United States, which culminated in the onset of an economic depression between 1893 and 1894. The publication of Mahan’s books preceded much of the disorder associated with the 1890s, but his work resonated with many leading intellectuals and politicians concerned by the political and economic challenges of the period and the declining lack of economic opportunity on the American continent....

  2. Mahan was one of the foremost proponents of the “vigorous foreign policy” referred to by Turner. Mahan believed that the U.S. economy would soon be unable to absorb the massive amounts of industrial and commercial goods being produced domestically, and he argued that the United States should seek new markets abroad. What concerned Mahan most was ensuring that the U.S. Government could guarantee access to these new international markets. Securing such access would require three things: a merchant navy, which could carry American products to new markets across the “great highway” of the high seas; an American battleship navy to deter or destroy rival fleets; and a network of naval bases capable of providing fuel and supplies for the enlarged navy, and maintaining open lines of communications between the United States and its new markets.

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The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783Captain A. T. MahanBook condition: The front cover and first page is loose and there is some damage to the spine but the actual book is in remarkable condition for its age with very little foxing.It is selling for $984 in the USALondon Sampson Low, Marston and Co. Ltd, 1890. Hardcover. Mahan argued that British control of the seas, combined with a c ...