The Navy Department Library
Alfred Thayer Mahan
A Select Bibliography
A selected list of his works follows in chronological order:
The Gulf and Inland Waters. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1883.
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1890.
1891 Plans of Operations in Case of War with Great Britain. With Comments by Captain Charles H. Davis, USN. Newport, RI: U.S. Naval War College, 1890.
The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire, 1793-1812. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1892.
Admiral Farragut. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1892.
The Life of Nelson: The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1897.
The Interest of America in Sea Power, Present and Future. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1897.
Lessons of the War with Spain and Other Articles. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1899.
The War in South Africa. New York: P. F. Collier and Son, 1900.
The Problem of Asia and Its Effect Upon International Policies. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1900.
Types of Naval Officers Drawn from the History of the British Navy. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1900.
The Battle of Trafalgar. Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1901.
Retrospect and Prospect: Studies in International Relations, Naval and Political. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1902.
Sea Power in Its Relations to the War of 1812. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1905.
Reflections, Historic and Other, Suggested by the Battle of the Japan Sea. Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute, 1906.
Some Neglected Aspects of War. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1907.
From Sail to Steam: Recollections of Naval Life. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1907.
Naval Administration and Warfare. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1908.
The Harvest Within: Thoughts on the Life of a Christian. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1909.
The Interest of America in International Conditions. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1910.
Naval Strategy Compared and Contrasted with the Principles and Practice of Military Operations on Land: Lectures Delivered at U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I., Between the Years 1887 and 1911. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911.
Armaments and Arbitration, or the Place of Force in the International Relations of States. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1912.
The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1913.
Letters of Alfred Thayer Mahan to Samuel A'Court Ashe (1858-59). Edited by Rosa Pendleton Chiles. Durham, NC: Duke University, 1931.
Mahan on Naval Warfare: Selections from the Writing of Rear Admiral Alfred T. Mahan, edited by Allan Westcott. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1941.
Letters and Papers of Alfred Thayer Mahan. Edited by Robert Seager II and Doris D. Maguire. 3 vols. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1975.
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1805. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1980.
Naval Strategy. Washington, DC: US Marine Corps, 1991. [Lectures given by A.T. Mahan at the Naval War College between 1887 and 1911.]
Essays by Mahan:
"Naval Education," US Naval Institute Proceedings 5 (April 1879): 345-76.
"The Necessity and Objects of a Naval War College: Address by Captain A.T. Mahan at the Opening of the Fourth Annual Session of the US Naval War College, August 6, 1888," US Naval Institute Proceedings 14, no. 4 (1888) 621-39.
"Hawaii and Our Future Sea-power," The Forum 15 (March 1893): 1-11.
"Lessons From the Yalu Fight," Century Magazine 50 (August 1895): 629-32.
"The Navy as a Career," The Forum 20 (November 1895): 277-83.
"The Engineer in Naval Warfare," North American Review 163 (December 1896): 648-54.
"John Paul Jones in the Revolution," Scribner's Monthly Magazine 24 (July-August 1898): 22-36, 204-19.
"The War on the Sea and Its Lessons," McClure's Magazine (December 1898): 110-117.
"The War on the Sea and Its Lessons," McClure's Magazine (April 1899): 231-240.
"The Philippines and the Future," The Independent 52 (March 1900): 697-98.
"The Boer Republic and the Monroe Doctrine," The Independent 52 (May 1900): 1101-3.
"Nelson at Naples," English Historical Review 15 (October 1900): 699-727.
"The Apparent Decadence of the Church's Influence," The Churchman (1903).
"Torpedo Craft Versus Battleships," Collier's Weekly (May 1904).
"Reflections, Historic and Other, Suggested by the Battle of the Japan Sea," US Naval Institute Proceedings 32, no. 2 (June 1906): pages 447-71.
"The Submarine and Its Enemies," Collier's Weekly (April 1907).
"Nelson in the Battle of the Nile," Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (January 1907): pages 435-47.
"Germany's Naval Ambitions," Collier's Weekly 43 (April 1909): 12-13.
"Britain and the German Navy," Daily Mail (July 4, 1910).
"The Battleship of All Big Guns," World's Work 21 (January 1911): 13898-13902.
"Importance of Command of the Sea," Scientific American 105 (December 1911): 512.
"Twentieth Century Christianity," North American Review 199 (April 1914): 589-98.
"Extracts from Mahan's Naval Strategy," US Naval Institute Proceedings 41, no. 1 (January/February 1915): 155-65.
Selected topics on Mahan:
Adams, John A. If Mahan Ran the Great Pacific War: An Analysis of World War II Naval Strategy. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2008.
Alger, John I. The Quest for Victory: The History of the Principles of War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982.
Anderson, Gary. Beyond Mahan: A Proposal for a U.S. Naval Strategy in the Twenty-First Century. Newport, RI: Naval War College, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, 1993.
Asada, Sadao. From Mahan to Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Japanese Navy and the United States. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2006.
Badham, Francis Pritchett. Nelson at Naples: A Journal for June 10-30, 1799; Refuting Recent Misstatements of Captain Mahan and Professor J. K. Laughton. London: D. Nutt, 1900.
Berge, William Henry. The Impulse for Expansion: John W. Burgess, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Theodore Roosevelt, Josiah Strong and the Development of a Rationale. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University, 1969. [Microform]
Bowling, Roland Alfred. The Negative Influence of Mahan on the Protection of Shipping in Wartime: The Convoy Controversy in the Twentieth Century. Orono, ME: University of Maine at Orono, 1980.
Bradford, James C., Ed. Admirals of the New Steel Navy: Makers of the American Naval Tradition, 1880-1930. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990.
Brooks, Edward Howard. The National Defense Policy of the Wilson Administration, 1913-1917. Menlo Park, CA: Stanford University, 1950.
Costello, Daniel Joseph. Planning for War: A History of the General Board of the Navy, 1900-1914. Medford, MA: Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1968.
Coutris, George W. Emergence of the New American Navy; 1880-1896. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire, 1966.
Ellicott, John Morris. Three Navy Cranks and What They Turned. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute, 1924.
Gilliam, Bates McCluer. The World of Captain Mahan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 1961. [Microform]
Greene, Robert Benjamin. Wisdom and Prudence: The Teachings of Admiral A. T. Mahan. Claremont, CA: Claremont Graduate School, 1979.
Hattendorf, John B. A Bibliography of the Works of Alfred Thayer Mahan. Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 1986.
________. Register of the Papers of Alfred T. Mahan. Newport, RI: Naval Historical Collection, Naval War College, 1987.
Holmes, James R. Chinese Naval Strategy in the 21st Century: The Turn to Mahan. New York: Routledge, 2008.
James, Jonathan T. Countering Naval Guerrilla Warfare: Are Convoys Obsolete? Fort Leavenworth, KS: US Army Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, 1991.
Karsten, Peter Daggett. The Naval Aristocracy: U.S. Naval Officers from the 1840's to the 1920's: Mahan's Messmates. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 1968.
________. The Naval Aristocracy: The Golden Age of Annapolis and the Emergence of Modern American Navalism. New York: Free Press, 1972.
Kirkham, George Karkeek. The Books and Articles of Rear Admiral A. T. Mahan, U.S.N.: General index. New York: Private printing at the Ballou Press, 1929.
Knight, Austin Melvin, and William Dilworth Puleston. History of the United States Naval War College. Newport, RI: US Naval War College, 1916.
Lambert, Andrew D. The Foundations of Naval History: John Knox Laughton, the Royal Navy and the Historical Profession. London: Chatham Publishers, 1998.
Levy, Morris. Alfred Thayer Mahan and United States Foreign Policy. New York: New York University, 1965.
Livezey, William Edmund. Mahan on Sea Power. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1947.
Naval War College (U.S.) The United States Naval War College: A Staff Study of Its Historical Background, Mission and Educational Philosophy, Principles and Concepts, From Which the Second Year of the Course in Naval Warfare Was Derived. Naval War College. Newport, RI: United States Naval War College, 1954. [Microform]
Naval War College (U.S.) The Influence of History On Mahan: The Proceedings of a Conference Marking the Centenary of Alfred Thayer Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. Edited by John B. Hattendorf with John C. Benigno. U.S. Naval War College historical monograph series, no. 9. Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 1991.
Nelson, Jean Ware. The Sea Power Doctrine of Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan. Menlo Park, CA: Stanford Research Institute, 1960.
________. Summary and Analysis of the Writings of Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan. Menlo Park, CA: Stanford Research Institute, 1960.
________. Comparison of the Military Theories of Clausewitz, Mahan, and Douhet. Menlo, Park, CA: Stanford Research Institute, 1961.
Paret, Peter, Gordon A. Craig and Felix Gilbert, Eds. Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986.
Puleston, William Dilworth. Mahan: The Life and Work of Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, U.S.N. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1939.
________. Mahan: The Life and Work of Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, U.S.N. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1946.
Rasmussen, John Peter. The American Imperialist Elite: A Study in the Concept of National Efficiency. Stanford, CA: Stanford University, 1962.
Rosinski, Herbert. Commentaire de Mahan: Suivi de Textes de Mahan. Paris: ISC, Institut de Stratégie Comparée: Economica, 1996.
Russell, William Henry. Mahan. Annapolis, MD: Academic Fellowship, 1963.
Schluter, Randall Craig. Looking Outward for America: An Ideological Criticism of the Rhetoric of Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN, in American Magazines of the Eighteen-nineties. Iowa City, IO: University of Iowa, 1995.
Seager, Robert. Alfred Thayer Mahan: The Man and His Letters. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1977.
Smith, Edward Allen. Naval Confrontation: The Intersuperpower Use of Naval Suasion in Times of Crisis. Washington, DC: American University, 1979.
Steepee, Jonathan L. The Unity of Purpose in Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan's Proposals for American Foreign Policy. Washington, DC: New School for Social Research, 1977.
Sumida, Jon Tetsuro. Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command: The Classic Works of Alfred Thayer Mahan Reconsidered. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Sweetman, Jack. The U.S. Naval Academy: An Illustrated History. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1979.
Taylor, Charles Carlisle. The Life of Admiral Mahan, Naval Philosopher, Rear Admiral United States Navy. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1920.
Till, Geoffrey. Maritime Strategy and the Nuclear Age. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984.
Turk, Richard W. The Ambiguous Relationship: Theodore Roosevelt and Alfred Thayer Mahan. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.
United States. Department of the Navy. Navy Department Library. Clippings, Periodical Articles By and About Alfred Thayer Mahan, 1895-1918. Washington, DC: Navy Department Library 195-?
West, Richard S. Admirals of American Empire: The Combined Story of George Dewey, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Winfield Scott Schley and William Thomas Sampson. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1948.
Historical manuscripts in the Navy Department Library:
Autograph letter signed, dated 31 May 1860 from Midshipman Mahan to Captain Goldsborough aboard USS Congress relating to disobedience of two sailors.
Autograph letter signed, dated 29 May 1898 from Washington, DC about his philosophy on the United States' position in the world.
Autograph letter signed, dated 22 December 1901 to Mr. Hamilton Holt about Park Benjamin's book review "A Casuistry in Naval Ethics."
Autograph letter signed, dated 27 December 1901 to Mr. Hamilton Holt about misrepresented facts in Park Benjamin's book review in The Independent.
Typed letter signed, dated 3 January 1902 to Mr. Hamilton Holt in regards to publishing a confidential rermark in The Independent.
Autograph letter signed, dated 6 January 1902, from New York City to Hamilton Holt marked "confidential" in regards to correspondence written as a consequence of Park Benjamin's book review.
Autograph letter signed, dated 27 December 1904 to President Theodore Roosevelt relating to the Second Hague Convention and exception from capture at sea of private property.
Autograph letter signed, dated 2 March 1908 to Mr. William H. Rideing, Esq., regarding editorial matters.
Autograph letter signed, dated 13 April 1908 to James C. Young, Esq., asking if a book was sent to his New York address.
Autograph letter signed, dated 7 February 1914 to Mr. William H. Rideing, Esq. a proposal to write an article relating to the proposed building of a statue of DeGrasse by the Sons of the American Revolution.
For transcriptions of these letters, see Letters and Papers of Alfred Thayer Mahan. Edited by Robert Seager II and Doris D. Maguire. 3 vols. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1975.