Alfred Thayer Mahan

1840 - 1914

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Alfred Thayer Mahan (; September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) was a United States naval officer and historian, whom John Keegan called "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century." His book The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783 (1890) won immediate recognition, especially in Europe, and with its successor, The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire, 1793–1812 (1892), made him world-famous. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Thayer Mahan has received more than 1,441,876 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Alfred Thayer Mahan is the 1,079th most popular writer (down from 951st in 2019), the 1,266th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,116th in 2019) and the 122nd most popular American Writer.

Alfred Thayer Mahan is most famous for his book "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History." In this book, he argues that a nation's naval power is the key to global dominance.

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Notable Works

Sea power in its relations to the War of 1812
History, Naval operations, Sea-power
The influence of sea power upon the French revolution and empire, 1793-1812
France, France. Marine, History
The influence of sea power upon history, 1660-1783
History, Modern, Modern History, Modern Naval history
The life of Nelson
Admirals, Biography, Great Britain
Admiral Farragut
Retrospect & prospect
Imperial federation, International law and relations, Sea-power

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Over the past year Alfred Thayer Mahan has had the most page views in the with 146,054 views, followed by Spanish (16,449), and Russian (13,214). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Finnish (71.61%), Persian (46.76%), and Kazakh (36.15%)


Among writers, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 1,079 out of 7,302Before him are Nikolai Leskov, Georg Kaiser, Pu Songling, Charles Péguy, John Malalas, and Jean Giono. After him are Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Garcilaso de la Vega, Nikolay Nekrasov, John Berger, Roberto Bolaño, and Ivan Cankar.

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Among people born in 1840, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 21Before him are August Bebel, Father Damien, Per Teodor Cleve, Thomas Hardy, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Edward Whymper, Hiram Maxim, Giovanni Verga, Hans Makart, Kuroda Kiyotaka, and Sisowath of Cambodia. Among people deceased in 1914, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 24Before him are Eduard Suess, Ambrose Bierce, Maximilian von Spee, Alexander Samsonov, Alphonse Bertillon, and Charles Péguy. After him are Alain-Fournier, Empress Shōken, Joseph Chamberlain, Louis Couturat, Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria, and John Tenniel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 1,266 out of 20,380Before him are Phil Hill (1927), Courtney Love (1964), George Whipple (1878), Mamie Eisenhower (1896), Scott Glenn (1939), and Hamilton O. Smith (1931). After him are Kirstie Alley (1951), Dennis Rader (1945), David Morse (1953), Calamity Jane (1852), Dorothy Malone (1924), and Jack Elam (1920).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Alfred Thayer Mahan ranks 122Before him are Mary Higgins Clark (1927), Marshall Rosenberg (1934), Sam Shepard (1943), Tess Gerritsen (1953), Zelda Fitzgerald (1900), and Valerie Solanas (1936). After him are Michael Connelly (1956), Norman Mailer (1923), John Grisham (1955), John Updike (1932), Fredric Brown (1906), and Anne Rice (1941).