1. Handelskrieg gegen England: German Plans to attack British Commerce in an Anglo-German War
2. Uncovering the Plan: British Intelligence on German Intentions
3. The Dawn of the Lusitania: Germany's Fighting Liners and the Cunard Agreement of July
4. A 'Fighting Cruiser' to Hunt 'the German Greyhounds': The Origins of HMS Invincible Revisited
5. Testing Jurisprudence: Slade's Battle to Change the Laws of War at Sea
6. Establishing a Global intelligence System
7. Churchill's DAMS
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When and why did the Royal Navy come to view the expansion of German maritime power as a threat to British maritime security? Contrary to current thinking, Matthew S. Seligmann argues that Germany emerged as a major threat at the outset of the twentieth century, not because of its growing battle fleet, but because the British Admiralty (rightly) believed that Germany's naval planners intended to arm their country's fast merchant vessels in wartime and send them out to attack British trade in the manner of the privateers of old. This threat to British seaborne commerce was so serious that the leadership of the Royal Navy spent twelve years trying to work out how best to counter it. Ever more elaborate measures were devised to this end. These included building 'fighting liners' to run down the German ones; devising a specialized warship, the battle cruiser, as a weapon of trade defence; attempting to change international law to prohibit the conversion of merchant vessels into warships on the high seas; establishing a global intelligence network to monitor German shipping movements; and, finally, the arming of British merchant vessels in self-defence. The manner in which German schemes for commerce warfare drove British naval policy for over a decade before 1914 has not been recognized before. The Royal Navy and the German Threat illustrates a new and important aspect of British naval history. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780199574032 20160608
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Book — xv, 337 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1. The rise of the naval theatre--
2. Culture, politics and the mass market--
3. Bread and circuses--
4. Nation, navy and the sea--
5. The Anglo-German theatre-- Epilogue: No more parades-- Bibliography.
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This book is about the theatre of power and identity that unfolded in and between Britain and Germany in the decades before the First World War. It explores what contemporaries described as the cult of the navy: the many ways in which the navy and the sea were celebrated in the fleet reviews, naval visits and ship launches that were watched by hundreds of thousands of spectators. At once royal rituals and national entertainments, these were events at which tradition, power and claims to the sea were played out between the nations. This was a public stage on which the domestic and the foreign intersected and where the modern mass market of media and consumerism collided with politics and international relations. Conflict and identity were literally acted out between the two countries. By focusing on this dynamic arena, Jan Ruger offers a fascinating new history of the Anglo-German antagonism. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780521875769 20160528