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The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901-1914
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The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901-1914: Admiralty Plans to Protect British Trade in a War Against Germany

Matthew S. Seligmann


This book examines the way in which the prospect of a wartime German assault on British seaborne commerce influenced the development of British naval policy in the run up to the First World War. It argues that, owing to the Admiralty’s consistently expressed fears that, in the event of an Anglo-German conflict, German commerce-raiders could interdict vital supplies, the British government began to consider German maritime power as a serious danger to British national security at the very outset of the twentieth century and that this sense of anxiety continued, even sharpened, as the years unfo ... More

Keywords: Royal Navy, German Navy, Merchant Navy, Winston Churchill, trade protection, Atlantic liners, international law, intelligence history, Admiral Fisher

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199574032
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew S. Seligmann, author
Reader in History, University of Northampton