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The history of the contest for naval mastery during the Great War has particular resonance for today because the United States now faces a serious threat from China’s increasing capabilities to wage war at sea. China’s naval challenge calls into question America’s continued command of the maritime commons. The stakes at risk for the United States in today’s contest are just as high as they were a hundred years ago for Britain. Defeat at sea would wreck American global leadership in the twenty-first century just as surely as it would have meant the collapse of British power in the twentieth. What, then, can we learn from past struggles for sea power and America’s entry into the First World War that offers guidance for understanding our current strategic predicament?