Prominent British military historian and strategist.

September 2010

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
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Internet Resources (Student Research)

Cribbs, Donald A.  The Influence of Maritime Theorists on the Development of German Naval Strategy from 1930 to 1936..  Fort Leavenworth, KS, Army Command and General Staff College, June 2004.  68 p.
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Fox, John G.  Some Principles of Space Strategy (or "Corbett in Orbit").  Washington, DC, National War College, 2000.  17 p.
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O'Lavin, Brian.  Mahan and Corbett on Maritime Strategy.  Newport, RI, Naval War College, 2009.  11 p.
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Art and Practice of Military Strategy, edited by George Edward Thibault.  Washington, DC, National Defense University, 1984.  883 p.
Julian Corbett, pp 156-161.
Book call no.:  355.43 A784

Bassford, Christopher.  Clausewitz in English:  The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 1815-1945.  New York, Oxford University Press, 1994.  293 p.
The Sea Power Theorists, pp 94-103.
Book call no.:  355.020941 B319c

Corbett, Julian S.  The Campaign of Trafalgar.  New York, AMS Press, 1976.  534 p.
Reprint of the 1919 edition published by Longmans, Green and Co., London.
Book call no.:  942.073 C789e

Corbett, Julian S.  England in the Seven Years' War:  A Study in Combined Strategy.  New York, Longmans, Green and Co., 1907.  2 vols.
Book call no.:  942.07 C789e

Corbett, Julian S.  Naval Operations.  New York , Longmans, Green and Co., 1907.  2 vols.
Book call no.:  940.45 C81n

Corbett, Julian S.  Some Principles of Maritime Strategy.  New York, Longmans, Green and Co., 1911.  371 p.
Also available online at:  http:  //
Book call no.:  359.43 C789s

Dictionary of National Biography.  London, Oxford University Press, 1937.  962 p.
Julian S. Corbett, pp 212-214.
Book call no.:  920.042 D554 Sup 4 1922-1930

Fuller, John Frederick Charles.  England in the Mediterranean:  A Study of the Rise and Influence of British Power Within the Straits, 1603-1713.  Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1987.  351 p.
Originally published New York:  Longmans, Green and Co., 1904.
Book call no.:  355.00941 C789e

Gat, Azar.  A History of Military Thought:  From the Enlightenment to the Cold War.  New York, Oxford University Press, 2001.  890 p.
From Sail to Steam:  Naval Theory and the Military Parallel, 1882-1914:  Corbett's Revisionism from Drake to Jutland, pp. 472-493.  See index for more references.
Book call no.:  355.02 G258h

Mahan Is Not Enough:  The Proceedings of a Conference on the Works of Sir Julian Corbett and Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond, edited by James Goldrick and John B. Hattendorf.  Newport, RI, Naval War College Press, 1993.  405 p.
Contains a full bibliography of Corbett's writings.
Book call no.:  359 M214

Reynolds, Clark G.  Command of the Sea:  The History and Strategy of Maritime Empires.  Malabar, FL, Krieger Publishing Co., 1983.  2 vols.
Reprint of 1974 edition published originally by William Morrow and Co., New York.
Book call no.:  359 R462c 1983

Roskill, Stephen W.  The Strategy of Sea Power:  Its Development and Application.  London, Collins, 1962.  288 p.
Based on the Lees-Knowles Lectures, delivered at University of Cambridge, 1961.
Book call no.:  359.0942 R821s

Schurman, D. M.  The Education of a Navy:  The Development of British Naval Strategic Thought, 1867-1914.  Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1965.  213 p.
Civilian Historian:  Sir Julian Corbett, pp 147-184.
Book call no.:  359.0942 S394e

Schurman, D. M.  Julian S. Corbett, 1854-1922:  Historian of British Maritime Policy from Drake to Jellicoe.  London, Royal Historical Society, 1981.  216 p.
Book call no.:  92 C789s

Sumida, Jon Tetsuro.  Decoding Clausewitz:  A New Approach to On War.  Lawrence, KS, University Press of Kansas, 2008.  234 p.
Advocacy:  Julian Corbett, pp.17-25.
Book call no.:  355.02 S955d

Till, Geoffrey.  Maritime Strategy and the Nuclear Age.  New York, St. Martin's Press, 1984.  274 p.
Sir Julian Corbett, by Bryan Ranft, pp 39-43.
Book call no.:  359.03 T574m 1984

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Layer, Brian R.  Some Principles of Convoy Operations in Operations Other Than War.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, Army Command and General Staff College, December 1993.  50 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022-2 L427s

Pietropaoli, Stephen R.  The U.S. Navy's . . . 'From the Sea' Strategy:  Sir Julian Corbett Revisited?  [Washington, DC], National War College, 1997.  14 p.
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Doc. call no.:  M-U 42942-5 N949u


Cleaver, Liam.  The Pen Behind the Fleet:  The Influence of Sir Julian Stafford Corbett on British Naval Development, 1898-1918.  Comparative Strategy 14:45-57 January 1995.

Fox, John G.  Some Principles of Space Strategy (or "Corbett in Orbit").  Space Policy 17:7-11 February 2001.
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Gibson, John D.  Sir Julian Corbett on Amphibious Operations.  Marine Corps Gazette 82:68-73 March 1998.
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Gough, Barry M.  Maritime Strategy:  The Legacies of Mahan and Corbett as Philosophers of Sea Power.  RUSI Journal 133:55-62 Winter 1988.

Grove, Eric.  The Naming of the Parts:  Corbett's Theory of the Means Reconsidered.  Defence Studies 8:180-189 June 2008.
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Handel, Michael I.  Corbett, Clausewitz and Sun Tzu.  Naval War College Review 53:107-124 Autumn 2000.
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Hawkins, William R.  The Man Who Invented Limited War.  MHQ:  Quarterly Journal of MIlitary History 4:105-111 Autumn 1991.

Klein, John J.  Corbett in Orbit:  A Maritime Model for Strategic Space Theory.  Naval War College Review 57:59-74 Winter 2004.
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Klein, John J.  Maritime Strategy Should Heed U.S. and U.K. Classics.  U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 133:67-69 April 2007.
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Klein, John J.  Space Warfare:  A Maritime-Inspired Space Strategy.  Astropolitics 2:33-61 Spring 2004.
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Robb-Webb, Jon.  Corbett and the Campaign of Trafalgar:  Naval Operations in Their Strategic Context.  Defence Studies 8:157-179 July 2008.
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Sir Julian Corbett:  A Great Naval Historian:  The War at Sea.  The Times, p 10, September 22, 1922.

Speller, Ian.  Corbett, Liddell Hart and the "British Way in Warfare" in the 1960s.  Defence Studies 8:227-239 July 2008.
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Stanford, Peter M.  The Work of Sir Julian Corbett in the Dreadnought Era.  U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 77:61-71 January 1951.

Thompson, Ky L.  Theory Before Praxis:  Sir Julian Corbett and the Maritime Strategy.  Marine Corps Gazette 72:73-78 December 1988.

Widen, J. J.  Julian Corbett and the Current British Maritime Doctrine.  Comparative Strategy 28:170-185 April-June 2009.
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Widen, J. J.  Sir Julian Corbett and the Theoretical Study of War.  Journal of Strategic Studies 30:109-127 February 2007.
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