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The Evolution of Modern Grand Strategic Thought$
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Lukas Milevski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779773.001.0001

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The Maritime Origins of Modern Grand Strategic Thought

The Maritime Origins of Modern Grand Strategic Thought

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The Evolution of Modern Grand Strategic Thought

Lukas Milevski

Oxford University Press

Under the influence of maritime strategic theory, which began serious development toward the end of the nineteenth century and at the beginning of the twentieth, the concept of grand strategy begins to change and modernize. Although the American Alfred Thayer Mahan did not invent modern grand strategy, his interpretation of strategy was sufficiently expansive to inhabit the same conceptual space. His slightly later British contemporary, Julian Stafford Corbett, did explicitly employ grand strategy, among other similar terms, although the meanings behind their terms differed. The two men laid the foundations for the concept of the British way in warfare, which may also be considered a British school of grand strategic thought.

Keywords:   Alfred Thayer Mahan, Julian Corbett, naval strategy, maritime strategy, grand strategy, sea power, British way of war, major strategy

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