Alfred Thayer Mahan S Nineteenth Century Classic, The Influence Of Sea Power Upon History, Has Long Occupied A Central Place In The Canon Of Strategic Thought But As Chester G Starr Shows In This Thought Provoking Work, Mahan S Theories Have Also Led To Serious Misperceptions Among Historians About The Significance Of Naval Superiority In Antiquity This Analytical Study Of The Role Of Sea Power From The Second Millennium B.C To The End Of The Roman Empire Illustrates Both The Utility And The Limitations Of Naval Power Focusing On Athens And Carthage, Starr Demonstrates That Control Of The Seas Was Not Always A Strategic Necessity Similarly, He Examines The Roman Imperial Navy The Most Advanced And Widely Based Naval Structure In Antiquity Noting That When Rome Fell It Tas Due To Invasions By Land, Not Sea Starr Describes Major Naval Battles In Fascinating Detail, And Analyzes Technological Developments As They Reveal The Limitations Of Galleys In Warfare This Innovative Study Provides An Important Corrective To Mahan S Thesis, Both As Applied To Ancient History And To Modern Strategic Thought Making It Provocative Reading For Those Interested In Ancient History And Also For Those Who Follow Military History. Enjoyable Engaging Assumes a fair amount of pre knowledge on the subject, but you can still appreciate it if you are new to the field. I came to this book not as an historian but as an author to build my understanding of ancient ships and warfare on the sea for a fantasy novel I m writing I found it rather helpful but sometimes his poor writing style caused unnecessary confusion or amusement The first sentence in the first chapter says, The Mediterranean Sea, to repeat an earlier observation, was the center of Greek and Roman life This made me laugh The opening of the second chapter also provides some amusement The centuries immediately after 1000 B.C are almost without history In actual fact, they had just as much history as any other century, though perhaps not as much relevance.As the author sets the scene in the first chapters he includes information that bears no real relevance to the topic at hand and uses a ponderous writing style After all, why say sea trade when you can say, the movement of physical objects within each basin He says of the strait of Gibraltar the underwater sill here, known to ancient geographers, led to a difference in water level between the ocean and the Mediterranean that produced a major eastward current in the latter He neglects to define an underwater sill, and ancient geographers really have nothing to do with the point of the sentence, nor for that matter, with the point of the book His discussion of sea power never ventures west of the Mediterranean, so this whole sentence lacks pertinence He goes on to discuss how t
This is a nice short book on the use of sea power in the Classical world The author highlights not just the successes but the limitations of sea power for the Greeks, Carthaginians, Egyptians, and Romans. Ancient History, western Basically just the Mediterranean This is a very dry read with not very much analysis This reads like a history textbook Very disappointing. A study of the impact command of the sea has had upon the great land empires throughout history.
- 105 pages
- The Influence of Sea Power of Ancient History
- Chester G. Starr
- 25 May 2018 Chester G. Starr