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Mahan Revisited

  • John B. Hattendorf
Part of the St Antony's book series

Abstract

Alfred Mahan was an outstandingly successful writer, both in terms of sales and in terms of influence, so far as one can measure influence. He was also a complex expositor, and it needs to be said at once that both the seeming contradictions in his work, and his sense of the need to qualify, make it necessary to clothe judgements on his work with seemly reserve. It is to be hoped that this article emulates the Master’s caution without avoiding facts that need consideration seventy-five years after his death.

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Notes

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© John B. Hattendorf and Robert S. Jordan 1989

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