Tirpitz And The Imperial German Navy

Hardcover | May 3, 2011

byPatrick J. Kelly

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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.

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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...

Patrick J. Kelly is Professor of History at Adelphi University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.69 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253355931

ISBN - 13:9780253355935

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

1. Introduction
2. Tirpitz's Early Life
3. The Aspirant, 18651870
4. The Young Officer, 18701877: A Taste of War
5. The Creation of the German Torpedo Arm, 18771889
6. Interim, 18891891
7. Oberkommando der Marine, 18921895
8. On the Verge of Power, 18951897
9. Tirpitz Ascendant, 18971898
10. The Second Navy Law, 18991900
11. The "Quiet" Years, 19001906
12. Sow the Wind, 19061908
13. The Whirlwind Rises, 19081911
14. Denouement, 19111914
15. Tirpitz at War, August 1914March 1916
16. Uncommon Recessional, 19161930
17. Conclusion

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"How, as a naval officer, [Tirpitz]... became probably the second most effective politician in the history of Imperial Germany is a fascinating story. It is well told in this large, comprehensive and extensively researched book." -Ausmarine