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Corbett 100

The project marks the centenary of the death of British naval historian and maritime strategist Sir Julian Corbett (1854-1922). It is a collaboration between the Laughton Unit, King’s College London and the Hattendorf Historical Center, U.S. Naval War College.

The project explores historical and contemporary questions related to national strategy from a naval history, maritime strategy and strategic theory perspective. The project is committed to the actual ‘spirit and intent’ of Sir Julian’s scholarship and respectful of his long service to the Royal Navy, Cabinet Office and Defence Committee [CID] including his 1911 book ‘Some Principals of Maritime Strategy’ which significance, influence and importance spread worldwide. The development of strategic studies, precisely the value and use of history as a repository of wisdom to the importance of the debate over national strategy, is a core value. 

Directors and Academic Counsel:

The project is co-directed between PhD candidate James W.E Smith, King’s College London and Dr D. Kohnen, U.S Naval War College. The project is supported through an academic council comprised of Professor Andrew Lambert at King’s College London and Professor John Hattendorf at the U.S. Naval War College. Dr Mark Bailey (Royal Australian Navy) is the Asia-Pacific representative.


  • To examine the impact, influence and legacy of Sir Julian Corbett and his works on historical questions.
  • Explore the relevance of Sir Julian Corbett’s works on contemporary questions such as maritime strategy, sea power, defence policy and national strategy.
  • To provide the ideal platform to bring together international academics, civilian researchers, veterans and active military to discuss historical and contemporary questions covering a range of topics from maritime strategy, defence policy, strategic theory, sea power, trade protection, future global trends, security, space strategy, and wargaming.
  • To establish and network academics, civilian researchers, veterans and active military from an international background.


  • A series of conferences held at King’s College London, U.S. Naval War College and in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • A publication on the life and works of Sir Julian Corbett.
  • Publications related to the application of Sir Julian Corbett’s research, theories and works, including a collection of papers from the project.
  • To create a conventional and digital repository of global resources of valuable and practical use from civilian decision-makers, students through to professional military students related to Sir Julian Corbett’s research on naval history and maritime strategy: accessible globally.
  • A seminar series, convening speakers from around the world covering contemporary and historical topics related to Sir Julian’s work and its influence on topics such as seapower, the role of navies and naval warfare.
  • Special events hosted by King’s such as on naval wargaming.


Naval War College

U.S Naval War College

Australian Sea_Power

Australian Defence Force Academy Naval Studies Group

Institute for Security Policy_2

Institute for Security Policy, Kiel University

Project status: Ongoing

Principal investigators


James W E Smith

PhD Candidate

Project website


  • NavalHistory
  • MaritimeStrategy
  • StrategicTheory
  • SeaPower
  • Naval
  • Navies