Alfred Thayer Mahan

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840 - 1914)

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Died in Washington, D.C.,map
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Alfred Thayer Mahan is Notable.


Alfred Thayer Mahan (September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) was a US Navy admiral, geostrategist, and historian, who has been called "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century." His concept of "sea power" was based on the idea that countries with greater naval power will have greater worldwide impact; it was most famously presented in The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783 (1890). The concept had an enormous influence in shaping the strategic thought of navies across the world, especially those of the United States, Germany, Japan and Britain. His ideas still permeate the US Navy doctrine. In 1902, Mahan popularized the term "Middle East".

Mahan was born on September 27, 1840, in West Point, New York, to Dennis Hart Mahan (a professor at the United States Military Academy) and Mary Helena Mahan. His middle name, Thayer, honors "the father of West Point", Sylvanus Thayer.

Mahan died in Washington, D.C., of heart failure on December 1, 1914


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