The Wisconsin Veterans Museum presents
Madison Public Library’s Wisconsin Book Festival
MARITIME STRATEGY, AMERICAN EMPIRE, AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE U.S. NAVAL IDENTITY 1873-1898
Presenter: Scott Mobley, PhD Author and U.S. Navy veteran
This study examines how intellectual and institutional developments transformed the U.S. Navy from 1873 to 1898. The period was a dynamic quarter-century in which Americans witnessed their Navy evolve. Cultures of progress—clusters of ideas, beliefs, values, and practices pertaining to modern warfare and technology—guided the Navy’s transformation.
The agents of naval transformation embraced a progressive ideology. They viewed science, technology, and expertise as the best means to effect change in a world contorted by modernizing and globalizing trends. Within the Navy’s progressive movement, two new cultures—Strategy and Mechanism—influenced the course of transformation. Although they shared progressive pedigrees, each culture embodied a distinctive vision for the Navy’s future.
Scott Mobley earned a PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. A former surface warfare officer, Mobley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School.