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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. It explores historical and contemporary questions related to naval history, maritime strategy and strategic theory.

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 and strategy.
  • To provide the ideal platform to bring together international academics, civilian researchers, veterans and active military 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 in a range of fields.


  • A series of conferences held at King’s College London, U.S. Naval War College and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Publications related to the life and works of Sir Julian Corbett.
  • Publications related to the application of Sir Julian Corbett’s thoughts, theories and works.
  • Conventional and digital repository of resources for civilian and professional military education students related to Sir Julian Corbett on naval history and maritime strategy.


Naval War College

U.S Naval War College

Sea Power Centre Aus

Sea Power Centre Australia

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