Consider by scholars as the single most influential book in naval strategy, Alfred Thayer Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History: 1660-1783," is a history of naval warfare and sea power during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that would have a profound influence on the world in the early part of the twentieth century. After the publication of this work the policies outlined in it would soon be adopted by the major military powers of the time ultimately causing the World War I naval arms race. Mahan published "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History: 1660-1783" while he was President of the US Naval War College. In it he examines what factors lead to supremacy of the seas, focusing heavily on how Britain rose to Imperial dominance through the development of its navy. The book contains numerous descriptions of a series of European and American wars and how naval power was used in each. After the publication of this work the policies outlined in it would soon be adopted by the major military powers of the time ultimately causing the naval arms race of World War I.
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- Title page
- CHAPTER I. Discussion of the Elements of Sea Power.
- CHAPTER II. State of Europe in 1660.-Second Anglo-Dutch War, 1665-1667. Sea Battles of Lowestoft and of The Four Days.
- CHAPTER III. War of England and France in Alliance against the United Provinces, 1672-1674.-Finally, of France against Combined Europe, 1674-1678.-Sea Battles of Solebay, the Texel, and Stromboli.
- CHAPTER IV. English Revolution.-War of the League of Augsburg, 1688-1697.-Sea Battles of Beachy Head and La Hougue.
- CHAPTER V. War of the Spanish Succession, 1702-1713.-Sea Battle of Malaga.
- CHAPTER VI. The Regency in France.-Alberoni in Spain.-Policies of Walpole and Fleuri.-War of the Polish Succession.-English Contraband Trade in Spanish America.-Great Britain declares War against Spain.-1715-1739.
- CHAPTER VII. War between Great Britain and Spain, 1739.-War of the Austrian Succession, 1740.-France joins Spain against Great Britain, 1744.-Sea Battles of Matthews, Anson, and Hawke.-Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, 1748.
- CHAPTER VIII. Seven Years' War, 1756-1763.-England's Overwhelming Power and Conquests on the Seas, in North America, Europe, and East and West Indies.-Sea Battles: Byng off Minorca
- Hawke and Conflans
- Pocock and D'AchÃ© in East Indies.
- CHAPTER IX. Course of Events from the Peace of Paris to 1778.-Maritime War consequent upon the American Revolution.-Sea Battle off Ushant.
- CHAPTER X. Maritime War in North America and West Indies, 1778-1781.-Its Influence upon the course of the American Revolution.-Fleet Actions off Grenada, Dominica, and Chesapeake Bay.
- CHAPTER XI. Maritime War in Europe, 1779-1782.
- CHAPTER XII. Events in the East Indies, 1778-1781.-Suffren sails from Brest, 1781.-His Brilliant Naval Campaign in the Indian Seas, 1782, 1783.
- CHAPTER XIII. Events in the West Indies after the Surrender of Yorktown-Encounters of De Grasse with Hood.-The Sea Battle of the Saints.-1781, 1782.
- CHAPTER XIV. Critical Discussion of the Maritime War of 1778.