Alfred Thayer Mahan, autor de La influencia del poder naval en la historia.

La interpretación alemana de este libro en forma de Seemachtideologie, la explica así Keith Bird en su biografía de Raeder (cap. 1):

Mahan’s primary value for Tirpitz and younger officers such as Raeder was not his analysis of international relations or naval strategy and military operations, but his advocacy of a philosophy of sea power that itself became a unique German naval ideology. This Seemachtideologie represented a political interpretation of the benefits of sea power divorced from the military and strategic considerations of Tirpitz’s fleet-building plan incorporating a Social Darwinist defense of German navalism and its global aspirations. 33 Tirpitz’s dictum (1894), “world power is inconceivable without a strong fleet,” would become Raeder’s slogan (1934), “the scale of a nation’s world status is identical with the scale of its sea power.” 34 The need for a fleet as a “political power factor” against England served Tirpitz and later Raeder as an argument for the building of as many ships as possible.

33 Hobson’s German School, 71.

34 Wilhelm Deist, Flottenpolitik und Flottenpropaganda: Das Nachrichtenbureau des Reichsmarineamtes 1897–1914, 35; Michael Salewski, Seekriegsleitung, I, 8.