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Alfred Thayer Mahan was born in West Point, New York, in 1840, educated at the U.S. Mahan served twice as president of the college, 1886 to 1889 and 1892 to 1893.The Influence of Sea Power upon History appeared in 1890 and The Influence of Sea Power upon the French Revolution and Empire in 1892. According to his analysis of history, the great powers were those that maintained strong navies and merchant marines. He urged the United States forward in its naval building programs.Alfred Thayer Mahan also argued that modern navies needed repair and coaling stations. This reasoning inferred a rationale for American acquisition of port facilities throughout the world.Alfred Thayer Mahan wrote at the time of a great international arms race. He exerted a major impact on Theodore Roosevelt, as well as upon leaders in Britain, Japan and Germany.