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By Michael Lindberg

Lindberg and Todd methodically express how geography has formed the tactic, strategies, and instruments of naval conflict. Alfred T. Mahan used to be might be the 1st naval specialist to acknowledge and recognize absolutely the impact of geography on navies and naval conflict. a lot of his rules of seapower have been inherently geographical and motivated either what sort of naval strength a kingdom may own and the way it might be applied. within the time that has handed on the grounds that Mahan made his observations, naval war and navies have skilled significant technological alterations, but geographical elements proceed to exert their impression on how navies struggle, how they're based, and the layout of the ships that they set up.

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Unlike armies, which had no direct role in fostering trade, navies were charged with safeguarding both the arteries of commerce and the agents of commerce. They undertook the first responsibility by establishing and manning the waystations cropping up at regular intervals along the shipping routes. They discharged the second responsibility by accompanying the merchant ships themselves, resorting to convoy practices when the physical safety of merchantmen was at stake. Navies, therefore, were a contributing factor in the cultivation of a healthy economy.

They worked best on the flanks of the continental power's bastion, its heavily defended area. Flanking or marginal locations offered several advantages for conducting combined operations. To begin with, they were not easily supported from the land power's heartland, its chief source of strength. Second and partly in consequence of the first, the land power devoted to them relatively small fractions of its military resources. Third the farther that they lay from the land power's bastion, the greater the chance of catching the defenders unprepared to sustain prolonged resistance.

To his mind, no state could become a force to be reckoned with far beyond its frontiers without availing itself of the mobility provided by sea carriage. Nor is this the full measure of sea power, for the very prosperity of a state, its economic well-being, rested on trade conducted beyond its borders, especially that conveyed by ships in distant waters. The sea was somehow redolent of enterprise, tempting traders, farmers, miners, industrialists, and statesmen to embark on it to the ultimate benefit of the maritime community that spawned them.

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