Alfred Thayer Mahan & Imperialism


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The era at the end of the 19th century is often called the Age of _____ because of what seemed to be an international land grab in which more powerful nations forcibly took over less powerful ones.

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1. Which of the following is NOT true about Alfred Thayer Mahan?

2. In what year did Mahan write his famous book The Influence of Sea Power Upon History: 1660-1773?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your understanding of the effect of Mahan's text, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, on naval practices with these assessments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assessment items test your knowledge of:

  • Post held by Captain Mahan when he wrote The Influence of Sea Power Upon History
  • Name of the class of battleships to which the USS Maine belonged
  • Rationale for ports located around the world

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge regarding which country's leader required all naval officers to read Mahan's book
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify what the time period at the end of the 19th century was often called
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Alfred Mahan's impact on imperialism

Additional Learning

Alfred Thayer Mahan & Imperialism is a lesson focused on how Mahan influenced imperialistic views and naval practices during the late 19th century. Objectives covered include:

  • Review Manifest Destiny
  • Understand the effect of sea power on nations
  • Know the long term effects of Mahan's book