Studies in Central European Histories, Imperialism at Sea: Naval Strategic Thought, the Ideology of Sea Power, and the Tirpitz Plan, 1875-1914

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This book examines the origins of Wilhelmine Germany's "Tirpitz Plan" of naval rearmament. The evolution of the Imperial Navy's strategic theories is compared with that of the French, British, and United States navies. Particular attention is given to the relationship between strategy and maritime law within the different national schools.

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'…a thorough analysis of the development of German naval thought between 1875 and 1914.'
Terrell D. Gottschall, International Journal of Maritime History.
'Hobson analyzes the rise of Imperial German naval power within the context of the changes in international relations, industrial development, and naval strategy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This thoroughly researched, well-organized volume adds much to the existing literature on Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz and Germany’s quest for sea power...Hobson has produced a welcome addition to the literature on the Imperial German navy. While specialists will find this work especially appealing, the even-handed discussion of the historiography makes it accessible to a broader audience of scholars and students seeking an introduction to the field.'
Lawrence Sondhaus, Central European History, Vol. 37.
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Rolf Hobson is Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Defence Studies in Oslo. In 1999 he received a prize for scholarly merit from the Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Changing Framework of International Rivalry, 1840-1914
Ch. 1 Industrialization, People's War, and the Limits to Land and Sea Power 11
Pt. 2 Naval Strategy in an Industrializing World, 1865-1895
Ch. 2 Adapting History in Britain and France 84
Ch. 3 German Grand Strategy and the Prussian School of Naval Thought, 1871-1895 110
Ch. 4 Navalism, Strategy, and History in Mahan's Thought and Influence 154
Ch. 5 From the Prussian to the German School, 1891-1895: Operational Doctrine and the Ideology of Sea Power 178
Pt. 3 The Origins and Objectives of the Tirpitz Plan, 1895-1914
Ch. 6 From Dienstschrift IX to the Risk Theory, 1895-1900 215
Ch. 7 The "Risk Fleet" and the German School of Naval Thought 247
Ch. 8 The Peculiarities of Wilhelmine Navalism 296
Conclusion 325
Sources 332
Index 353
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