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.