“He that will not adopt new remedies must expect new evils.”—Bacon
In the preface to his first book on sea power, Mahan stated that historians generally, being unfamiliar with the conditions at sea and having neither special interest concerning or special knowledge of the sea, had overlooked “the profound, determining influence of maritime strength upon great issues ...” He used a synonym “maritime strength” for “sea power” and indicated its value. In the introductory chapter he stated that the history of sea power “is largely a narrative of contests between nations . . . frequently culminating in war,” and furnished some striking historical examples of the value of sea power, emphasizing its influence on the Punic Wars. In the first chapter, Mahan discussed the elements which together produce sea power, but did not define it concisely. And nowhere throughout his books can there be found a short definition of sea power.