Mahan Alfred Thayer
Ma·han(mə-hăn′), Alfred Thayer 1840-1914.
American naval officer and historian whose written works, such as The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783 (1890), prompted a worldwide buildup of naval strength prior to World War I.
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