Tirpitz: And the Imperial German Navy

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Indiana University Press, 3.5.2011 - 608 sivua
“A first-rate biography of this grand admiral who is better known for his political skills than his naval ones.” —US Naval Insitute Proceedings
 
Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849–1930) was the principal force behind the rise of the German Imperial Navy prior to World War I, challenging Great Britain’s command of the seas. As State Secretary of the Imperial Naval Office from 1897 to 1916, Tirpitz wielded great power and influence over the national agenda during that crucial period. By the time he had risen to high office, Tirpitz was well equipped to use his position as a platform from which to dominate German defense policy. Though he was cool to the potential of the U-boat, he enthusiastically supported a torpedo boat branch of the navy and began an ambitious building program for battleships and battle cruisers. Based on exhaustive archival research, including new material from family papers, Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy is the first extended study in English of this germinal figure in the growth of the modern navy.
 
“Well written and based on new sources . . . allows the reader deep insights into the life of a man who played a very important role at the turn of the last century and who, like almost nobody else, shaped German policy.” —International Journal of Maritime History
 
“An invaluable reference work on Tirpitz, the Imperial German Navy, and on politics in Wilhelmine Germany.” —The Northern Mariner
 

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Käyttäjän arvio  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

On the whole I would have to say that this is the best study that I have ever read about the Imperial German Navy. That out of the way I did approach this book with a bit of doubt in that I wasn't ... Lue koko arvostelu

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Käyttäjän arvio  - douboy50 - LibraryThing

I chose to read this book not through an interest in the life and times of Admiral von Tirpitz, but through an interest in the evolution of the Imerial German Navy pre-WWI. However, after completing ... Lue koko arvostelu

Sisältö

1 Introduction
1
2 Tirpitzs Early Life
14
3 The Aspirant 18651870
24
A Taste of War
33
5 The Creation of the German Torpedo Arm 18771889
47
6 Interim 18891891
69
7 Oberkommando der Marine 18921895
81
8 On the Verge of Power 18951897
103
12 Sow the Wind 19061908
263
13 The Whirlwind Rises 19081911
293
14 Denouement 19111914
323
15 Tirpitz at War August 1914March 1916
375
16 Uncommon Recessional 19161930
410
17 Conclusion
444
Appendix
467
Notes
469

9 Tirpitz Ascendant 18971898
129
10 The Second Navy Law 18991900
166
Illustrations
203
11 The Quiet Years 19001906
223
Bibliography
535
Index
555
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Patrick Kelly has written the first major scholarly biography of Tirpitz in English, based on detailed knowledge of vast archival material and an extensive historical literature. With great precision, Kelly’s narrative integrates Tirpitz’s naval and political careers with broader developments within the German Empire and the Weimar Republic. He also treats in detail the international politics of Wilhelmine arms policy, the naval race with Britain, and the ensuing First World War. This book can be thoroughly recommended to students of both German and naval history.

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