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Description - Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command by Jon Tetsuro Sumida

Between 1890 and 1913, Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan published a series of books on naval warfare in the age of sail, which established his reputation as the founder of modern strategic history. But Mahan's two principal arguments have been gravely misunderstood ever since, according to Jon Tetsuro Sumida. Instead of representing Mahan as an advocate of national naval supremacy, Sumida shows him asserting that only a multinational naval consortium could defend international trade. Instead of presenting Mahan as a man who adhered to strategic principles, Sumida shows that he stressed the importance of an officers's judgement and character formed by the study of history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801863400
ISBN-10: 0801863406
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 14-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jon Tetsuro Sumida

Jon Tetsuro Sumida is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a professional musician. He is the author of In Defence of Naval Supremacy: Finance, Technology, and British Naval Policy, 1889-1914. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 1995-96.