chapter  2
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The historic attributes of the sea and maritime developments in the Asia- Pacific GEOFFREY TILL

The sea, he thought, had this great historic effect because its control conferred upon those nations able to exert it such huge economic and strategic advantages that they would prosper in peace and prevail in war. These advantages flowed in large measure from the four basic interconnecting attributes of the sea:

• the sea as a resource • the sea as a means of transportation and exchange • the sea as a medium for information and the spread of ideas • the sea as a medium for dominion.