Hattendorf, John B. 1941–

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HATTENDORF, John B. 1941–

(John Brewster Hattendorf)


Born December 22, 1941, in Hinsdale, IL; son of William Homer (a newspaper advertising executive) and Dorothy Jane (an artist) Hattendorf; married Berit Sundell; children: Kristina, Ingrid, Anna. Education: Kenyon College, B.A., 1964; attended Munson Institute of American Maritime History, 1970; Brown University, M.A., 1971; Oxford University, D.Phil., 1979. Hobbies and other interests: Sailing, gardening, local history.


Home—Newport, RI. Office—Department of Maritime History, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI 02841-1207. E-mail[email protected].


Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC, assistant head of ships' histories section and research section, Naval History Division, 1967-69; U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI, instructor in strategy and research associate in advanced research, 1972-73, began as assistant professor, became associate professor of strategy, 1977-81, professor of naval history, 1983-84, Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, 1984—, director of department of advanced research, 1988-2003, chair of department of maritime history, 2003—. National University of Singapore, visiting professor, 1981-83; Oxford University, senior associate member of St. Antony's College, 1986, visiting fellow of Pembroke College, 2001-02; Salve Regina College, faculty member, 1988-1993; Munson Institute of American Maritime History, faculty member, 1990—, director, 1996-2001; University of Freiburg, visiting professor, 1991. Atlantic Council of the United States, academic associate, 1986-2004; International Commission for Maritime History, member of executive council, 1995-2000, president of U.S. commission, 2004-07. U.S. Department of Defense, exchange scholar at German Armed Forces Military History Research Office, Freiburg, 1990-91. Singapore American School, member of board of governor's curriculum committee, 1982-83; member of Newport 350 committee, 1989-90, and Hill Association. Military service: U.S. Navy, 1965-73; became lieutenant.


International Institute for Strategic Studies, North American Society for Oceanic History (member of council, 1989-94; vice president, 1994-98; president, 2004-07), American Historical Association, Association for Documentary Editing, Society for the History of Discoveries, Royal Historical Society (fellow), Society for Nautical Research (honorary corresponding member), Navy Records Society (member of council, 1995-98, 2003-06), Army Records Society, Royal Asiatic Society (Malaysian branch), Royal Swedish Society for Naval Science (honorary corresponding member), Académie du Var (honorary corresponding member), Sociéte Française d'Histoire Maritime, Oxford Society, Cruising Association, Karolinska Förbundet, Flag Institute, Hakluyt Society (member of council, 1995-97; vice president, 1997-2002), American Friends of the Hakluyt Society (founding president, 1996-2006), Royal United Services Institution for Defense Studies, Associates of the John Carter Brown Library, Friends of the James Ford Bell Library, Quindecim, Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport Historical Society (cochair of publications committee, 1989—), Oxford and Cambridge University Club (London, England).


D.H.L., Kenyon College, 1997; Caird Medal, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England, 2000; K. Jack Bauer Award for lifetime contributions to maritime history, North American Society for Oceanic History, 2003.


A Dusty Path: A Pictorial History of Kenyon College, privately printed, 1964.

(With John D. Hayes) The Writings of Stephen B. Luce, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1975.

On His Majesty's Service: Observations of the British Home Fleet from the Diary, Reports, and Letters of Joseph H. Wellings, Assistant U.S. Naval Attache, London, 1940-41, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1983.

(With B. Mitchell Simpson III and John R. Wadleigh) Sailors and Scholars: The Centennial History of the Naval War College, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1984.

Two Beginnings: A History of St. George's Church, Tanglin, privately printed, 1984.

(Compiler, with Lynn C. Hattendorf) A Bibliography of the World of Alfred Thayer Mahan, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1986.

England in the War of the Spanish Succession: A Study of the English View and Conduct of Grand Strategy, 1702-1712, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1987.

(Editor, with Robert S. Jordan) Maritime Strategy and the Balance of Power: Britain and America in the Twentieth Century, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1989.

The Evolution of the U.S. Navy's Maritime Strategy, 1977-1987, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1989, revised edition, 2005.

(Editor, with Malcolm H. Murfett) The Limitations of Military Power: Essays Presented to Norman Gibbs on His Eightieth Birthday, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1990.

(Editor) Mahan on Naval Strategy: A Selection of Essays by Alfred Thayer Mahan, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD), 1991.

(Editor) The Influence of History on Mahan: The Proceedings of the Mahan Centenary Conference, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1991.

(Editor) Eleventh International Seapower Symposium (proceedings), Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1992.

(Coeditor) British Naval Documents, 1204-1960, Ashgate (Brookfield, VT), 1993.

(Editor, with James Goldrick) Mahan Is Not Enough: Proceedings of the Corbett-Richmond Conference, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1993.

(Editor) Ubi Sumus?: The State of Naval and Maritime History, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1994.

(Editor) Doing Naval History: Essays toward Improvement, Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 1995.

(With Dean King) A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 1995, 3rd edition, 2000.

(Editor, with Dean King) Every Man Will Do His Duty: An Anthology of Firsthand Accounts from the Age of Nelson, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 1997.

(With Benjamin L. Labaree and others) America and the Sea: A Maritime History, Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT), 1998.

John Robinson's Account of Sweden, 1688, Karolinska Förbundet (Stockholm, Sweden), 1998.

(With Dean King) Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 1999, revised edition, 2000.

Naval History and Maritime Strategy: Collected Essays, Krieger Publishing (Malabar, FL), 2000.

(Editor) Naval Policy and Strategy in the Mediterranean: Past, Present, and Future, Frank Cass (Portland, OR), 2000.

Semper Eadem: A History of Trinity Church in Newport, 1698-2000, Trinity Church (Newport, RI), 2001.

(Editor, with Richard W. Unger) War at Sea in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Boydell & Brewer (Rochester, NY), 2002.

The Boundless Deep: The European Conquest of the Seas, ca. 1450-ca. 1830 (exhibition catalog), John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI), 2003.

(Editor) Sixteenth International Seapower Symposium (proceedings), Naval War College Press (Newport, RI), 2004.

Newport, the French Navy, and American Independence, Redwood Press (Newport, RI), 2005.

(Editor in chief) Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2007.

Contributor to many books, including The RCN in Transition: Challenge and Response, 1910-1985, edited by W.A.B. Douglas, University of British Columbia Press (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1988; Admirals of the New Steel Navy: Makers of American Naval Tradition, edited by James Bradford, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD), 1990; and Grand Strategies in War and Peace, edited by Paul M. Kennedy, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1991; Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. Navy, and the Spanish-American War, edited by Edward J. Marolda, Palgrave (New York, NY), 2001; Admiral Lord Nelson: His Context and Legacy, edited by David Cannadine, Palgrave Macmillian, 2005; and The Trafalgar Companion, edited by Alexander Stilwill, Osprey Publishing, 2005. Author of introduction to several other works; contributor to encyclopedias and other reference books. Senior coeditor of the series "Classics of Sea Power," Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD); general editor, "Maritime History, 1475-1815" (facsimile reprints of rare books), Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints (Delmar, NY), 1993-99. Contributor of more than 100 articles and reviews to military and history journals.