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Let this volume serve three purposes. First, it is an example of naval history done well. All the essays were written by distinguished scholars, and they demonstrate the best of the field. They look beyond operations, integrating sea power into larger frameworks; they revel in complexity, rejecting simple explanations; and most of all, they ask the right questions. The lectures also demonstrate the enduring relevance of sea power theory. Mahan is not enough, but—thanks in part to the prize laureates—no one is suggesting that he is. Understanding the parameters of the historical debates, as well as their limitations, is essential for all those interested in naval history.
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U.S. Naval War College, Historical Monographs, Hattendorf Prize
Wilson, Evan, "HM 26: The Hattendorf Prize Lectures, Volume 1: 2011–2019" (2020). Historical Monographs. 26.