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The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783

Alfred Thayer Mahan


"The profound influence of sea commerce upon the wealth and strength of countries was clearly seen long before the true principles which governed its growth and prosperity were detected. To secure to one's own people a disproportionate share of such benefits, every effort was made to exclude others, either by the peaceful legislative methods of monopoly or prohibitory regulations, or, when these failed, by direct violence."

Published in 1890

In the nautical equivalent of Gibbon's Decline and Fall, Mahan examines how military dominance of the seas determined nations' fortunes.

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