The Great Naval Game: Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire

The Great Naval Game: Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire

by Jan Ruger, Jan R8ger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521114616

ISBN-13: 9780521114615

Pub. Date: 06/25/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is about the theatre of power and identity that unfolded in and between Britain and Germany in the decades before the First World War. It explores what contemporaries described as the cult of the navy: the many ways in which the navy and the sea were celebrated in the fleet reviews, naval visits and ship launches that were watched by hundreds of thousands of…  See more details below

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This book is about the theatre of power and identity that unfolded in and between Britain and Germany in the decades before the First World War. It explores what contemporaries described as the cult of the navy: the many ways in which the navy and the sea were celebrated in the fleet reviews, naval visits and ship launches that were watched by hundreds of thousands of spectators. At once royal rituals and national entertainments, these were events at which tradition, power and claims to the sea were played out between the nations. This was a public stage on which the domestic and the foreign intersected and where the modern mass market of media and consumerism collided with politics and international relations. Conflict and identity were literally acted out between the two countries. By focusing on this dynamic arena, Jan Ruger offers a fascinating new history of the Anglo-German antagonism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521114615
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/25/2009
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series, #26
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
List of abbreviations     xiv
Introduction     1
The rise of the naval theatre     12
Discipline and ceremonial     15
Maritime theatre     24
Going down the ways     31
Launching the Imperial Navy     37
Expensive pictures     44
Culture, politics and the mass market     50
New audiences, new media     50
The naval game     57
Secrecy and publicity     67
A silent navy?     72
The intrusion of the masses     82
Theatricality and the crowd     87
Bread and circuses     93
The 'radical right' and the local factor     96
Going to the games     103
Technology and entertainment     110
A silent consensus?     118
Militarism revisited     125
Gender and militarism     131
Panem et circenses     138
Nation, navy and the sea     140
Steel and water     140
The Kaiser and the imperial mosaic     147
The renaissance of the Hanseatic League     154
Military tradition and a violent future     159
Island nation     165
The floating empire     175
Sailor King and Flottenkaiser     182
Technology, modernity and gender     190
The Anglo-German theatre     198
A stage between the nations     199
Deterrence and the performance of power     203
The sea: culture and contest     210
The theatre of antagonism     215
Making alliances     223
The rhetoric of rivalry     234
False victories     240
1914 and the Anglo-German misunderstanding     244
Epilogue: no more parades     251
A lack of display     257
Weimar and the Nazi cult of the navy     261
Losing the ocean throne     267
Bibliography     273
Index     325

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