Feb 1st - american empire

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Feb. 1 American empire, 1870-1910 Reading: approx. 121 pp. Crowl, Philip A. 1986. Alfred Thayer Mahan: The Naval Historian. In Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age , Peter Paret ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, chap. 16, pp. 444-77. (late 19 th century to 1910ish): Naval officer that is credited with the creation of the Naval War College in Rhode Island. Believed that Navy Officers should know history, what he called the “useable past.” Wanted to teach lessons of fundamental principles that transcended time and country. Invented the use of the term “Sea Power” and felt that sea power = military might + economic might, introduced the strategic principle of “never divide the fleet” – in other words, keep the fleet together and attack offensively, versus the historic role of a defensive/scattered naval group of ships. The creator of the idea that a navy should control the sea, not simply protect land – which he viewed as an extension of the Army. Mahan wanted navies to be used as a projection of power/force abroad. Believed that navies allowed a nation to project its power without appearing overtly hostile, such as what happens when armies occupy land or gather on the border of a country. Argued
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POLS W3631 taught by Professor Parent during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.

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