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The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901-1914Admiralty Plans to Protect British Trade in a War Against Germany$
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Matthew S. Seligmann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574032.001.0001

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(p.171) Conclusion
The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901-1914

Matthew S. Seligmann

Oxford University Press

This final chapter considers the place of this book and its research finding in the current historiography of the Anglo-German naval race. It concludes, contrary to current revisionist interpretations, that Germany emerged as a major factor in British naval planning after 1901. However, this was not, as orthodox historians would maintain, because of the growth of the German battle fleet, but because of fears that parts of the German merchant navy would be used in wartime to attack British trade. It ends by considering why this has not been understood before. In this context it puts forward the suggestion of Admiral Slade that people have been hypnotized by the big ship question, thereby ignoring the less glamorous question of trade defence.

Keywords:   revisionist history, orthodox history, Admiral Slade, trade defence

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