From Naval War College Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. -- The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) announced Yale professor Paul M. Kennedy as the second Hattendorf Prize Laureate during an evening lecture on Jan. 28.
Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University, presented “The Three Great Naval Wars of Recent History, and their Implications for American Seapower Today.” Prior to the lecture, Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter, NWC president, announced Kennedy’s selection to receive the Hattendorf Prize. The honor will be formally presented later this year.
The Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History reflects the essence of NWC professor John B. Hattendorf's long legacy of scholarship and service to the U.S. Navy, the college, and the local community. He first joined the Naval War College faculty as a lieutenant in 1972 and has been the Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at NWC since 1984 and director of the Naval War College Museum since 2003.
Kennedy will be recognized for his distinguished achievements as a researcher and author. His work covers more than five hundred years of naval history and has inspired other scholars to examine the importance of sea power for shaping the course of international history and the rise and fall of great powers.
In the tradition of Alfred Thayer Mahan and the Naval War College, Kennedy has written compelling narratives that show the interrelationships of sea power and land power, technological innovation and naval warfare, economic wherewithal and naval strength, and grand strategy and high politics. His impressive body of historical scholarship has not only influenced the work of other historians but has reached a much wider audience and has contributed to policy debates about grand strategy in the public arena.
The Hattendorf Prize is made possible through the great generosity of the donor, Pam Ribbey, whose late grandfather, Capt. Charles H. Maddox, was a 1935 and 1939 Naval War College graduate and a faculty member from 1939 to 1941. The donation of the prize was made in memory of Capt. Maddox, who played an instrumental role in intelligence collaboration between the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy in the Pacific in the late 1930s and was serving at Pearl Harbor during the attack. Recognizing her grandfather's service, Ribbey endowed the Prize on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, Dec. 7, 2010. This endowment fund will allow the Naval War College to award the Prize at two-year intervals, providing a $10,000 cash prize with a citation and a bronze medal designed by Hattendorf’s youngest daughter, Anna Hattendorf.
Professor Kennedy’s presentation was one of NWC’s academic year 2013-14 Spruance Lectures. The Admiral Raymond A. Spruance Lecture honors a great naval hero of World War II and past NWC president. The lecture was sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Finn III.
140128-N-PX557-080 NEWPORT, R.I. (Jan. 28, 2014) Paul M. Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University, addresses students, staff, faculty and guests of U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., during a Spruance Lecture presentation, “The Three Great Naval Wars of Recent History, and their Implications for American Sea Power Today.” Prior to the lecture, Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., NWC president, announced Kennedy’s selection to receive the Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History. The Hattendorf Prize reflects the essence of NWC professor John B. Hattendorf's long legacy of scholarship and service to the U.S. Navy, the college, and the local community. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)