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Mackinder Forum Virtual Seminar #46: Professor Paul Rahe, “Carthage Can Now Defeat Rome”

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On December 19, 2021, Professor Paul Rahe addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Carthage Can Now Defeat Rome.” Abstract: In 1890, when Alfred Thayer Mahan published The Influence of Seapower on History, he made no mention of Thucydides and barely touched on the great struggle between Athens and Sparta that the… Read more »

Heartland vs Rimland, Continental vs Maritime Power: The Geopolitics of the First World War*

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Hew Strachan On 25 January 1904, Halford Mackinder, Reader in Geography at Oxford and Director of the London School of Economics, delivered a lecture entitled ‘The geographical pivot of history’ at the Royal Geographical Society of London.  He described a world which had been fully explored and fully politicised – in… Read more »

Geopolitical Thinkers: Alfred Thayer Mahan

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Born in 1840 on the campus of West Point, where his father was an instructor, Alfred Thayer Mahan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1859 and served in the Union Navy during the American Civil War. In 1884, he joined the faculty of the Naval War College in Newport,… Read more »