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

Hardcover | May 29, 2012

byMatthew S. Seligmann

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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 growingbattle 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 aspecialized 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 ofBritish 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.

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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 growingbattle fleet, but because the British Admiralty ...

Dr Matthew S. Seligmann is a well-known historian of the pre-First World War era and has written numerous works on the international conflicts of this period. These include Rivalry in Southern Africa, 1893-99 (1998), Spies in Uniform (2006), and Naval Intelligence from Germany (2007). He has also written articles for such journals as ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Handelskrieg gegen England: German Plans to attack British Commerce in an Anglo-German War2. Uncovering the Plan: British Intelligence on German Intentions3. The Dawn of the Lusitania: Germany's Fighting Liners and the Cunard Agreement of July 19034. A 'Fighting Cruiser' to Hunt 'the German Greyhounds': The Origins of HMS Invincible Revisited5. Testing Jurisprudence: Slade's Battle to Change the Laws of War at Sea6. Establishing a Global intelligence System7. Churchill's DAMSEpilogueConclusionBibliographyIndex