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Many of these states actually exchanged ambassadors with one another. Ready for cosy nights in with a good book? Much of this drama is due to the previous fifty years of history that he leads the reader through to better understand the context of that fateful summer.


Even today, we more casual students of World War I think of the appalling trenches of Flanders and Northern France, yet, horrible as they were, over-reliance on themes and tropes of dreadnoufht war often distract us amateurs to the crucial naval battles of the “Great War.

Since Nelson and Trafalgar, the Royal Navy had ruled the waves. This is an insomnia cure dreadought here. It is probably the most detailed account I have read on the the subject. Given that, his focus on Germany and England makes a bit more sense as they were the two countries at the time most capable of exerting naval pressure. Also covered is the challenges politically at home of growing a navy.

Apr 01, Bas Kreuger rated it it was amazing. Wilhelm’s admiration, and even envy, for everything British, was to play an important part in the events to come. Nov 03, Jenna rated it really liked it. Thus, for someone who, like me, is interested in how and to what extent these events influenced “ordinary” people, this book was often tough going.

Rather, naval arms race between Great Britain and imperial Germany is used as a red thread binding together a story that starts in the middle of Victorian era and ends with the outbreak of the Great War.


Dreadnought (Robert Massie) – book review

Jun 12, Kym Robinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, If you want to learn more of Queen Victoria’s offspring and the evolution of European relations up to the start of World War I, then this is robeft book for you. He’s engaging and eloquent. The man greeted his visitors, declared that he was delighted to see them, and then said, “And now what would you like to do?

So enjoy the book, but be prepared to skim over some parts. Massie is a great author and historian. It’s the old story of the two toughest kids on the block: Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky.

Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tratedy in his powerful narrative. Jan 31, Alan Clark rated it liked it. Still, I learned a great deal and will read more by this author. Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from to and then took a position at masaie Saturday Evening Post.

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Massie By Robert K. Thanks for telling us about the problem. We cleansed our beards of the mutton-grease, We lay on the mats and were filled rpbert peace, And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south, With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth. This book provides the missing piece to the puzzle.

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Oct 23, Daniel Talley rated it really liked it. Wilhelm II was thus partially raised in a maritime culture, deeply at odds with his paternal homeland of Prussia. On Sundays, he would drewdnought spend the day reading with his wife: Mostly, the book deals with the ridiculous, expensive naval build-up between the naval powers between c.

We know the mechanics.


Largely cobbled together by Bismarck in the mid-to-late 19th century with Prussia as the underlying framework, the Empire consisted of over two dozen states replete with princes and kings. Encompasses military, social and economic history. Feb 24, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was very informative and enjoyable.

One avoids the thumbing-back-a-few-pages in search of a date or a setting that one sometimes encounters when reading masise. Here, the mercurial Fisher prevails thanks to his good rappport with the King, beset on all sides by powerful opponents within the naval establishment. The author is perhaps best known for his biographies of the Romanov monarchs, and biography is clearly his preferred field.

At over a pages it is certainly not aimed at the novice history aficionado. It maintained This is an outstanding work of narrative history, featuring a detailed account of the gradually deteriorating relationship between Britain and Germany from the midth century up to the outbreak of WWI.

I found this book to be an excellent read while being quite exciting, very interesting and most certainly detailed to the point that I wish that I had taken notes! The bulk of this book and oh, what a bulk is hopelessly entangled in the pedantries of political harrumphing: Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, madsie events leading to rbert conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in this powerful narrative.

This would have been saved by a narrower focus and a dose of personality.

Engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters. Jutland, Keith Yates Snippet view – What an utterly gorgeous and festive! Try not to cry when you read about the death of his wife in a freak carriage accident.