Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War. Robert K. Massie, Author, Robert D. Loomis, Editor Random House (NY) $35 (p) ISBN . A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner. Buy Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War by Robert K Massie (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low.

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He spent as much free time as he possibly could at his small country cottage with his wife, and waxed poetic about communing with nature while he fished the streams by his home. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

His Life and World. Massey’s theory, which is as msssie as any, I suppose, is that Kaiser Wilhelm’s desire to have a top notch fleet butted roughly against England’s necessity of controlling the oceans. I love him, and I massiie his books.

The result was a restoration of the balance of power in Europe. The men who influenced the policy and strategy of the naval world from their perspective nations and positions that they held within them. Still, I learned a great deal and will read more by this author. In the 19th century Britain invested almost all its military strength in the Royal Navy. For those familiar with the facts of European diplomacy and defence in the period ca.

They are our flesh and blood. He “[s]moked fourteen cigars a day, drank beer in the afternooons, kept two large goblets – one for champagne, the other for port – at hand during meals, and tried to find sleep at night by drinking a bottle of champagne Massie brings to vivid life such historical figures as the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz, the young, ambitious, Winston Churchill, the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow, and many others.

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! Even today, we more dreadnpught 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 land war often distract us amateurs to the crucial naval battles of the “Great War.


Here, the mercurial Fisher prevails thanks to his good rappport with the King, beset on all sides maswie powerful opponents within the naval establishment.

World War I is what many historians call the start of the 20th Century because of epic changes that the war brought about, politically and militarily. The personalities pop off the page; you know them so well you start to root for them to succeed. The book covers more than a forty year interval of central European history to varying degrees, in which time many alliances are broken while new ones forged and old ones are reforged, monarchs come and go, prime ministers are ousted only to see later reelection, and at one point the queen threatens to create a spate of peers to flood the House of Lords with progressive nobleman willing to vote her way; England goes from an aloof world power disinterested in European affairs to a staunch eleventh hour ally: Germany, being the central great industrial power on the continent, had a gre With more than pages, this book is not for the casual reader.

The book manages to compile its dense material in such a way that An excellent and in depth read which covers the lead up to the Great War with a specific naval edge. In a book titled Dreadnoughabout the titular battleship that reigned supreme on the oceans, there is not a single description of said ship.

Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War

For one thing, it is considerably longer, and could safely be reduced to a similar length. From inside the book. Preview — Dreadnought by Robert K. Thus, for some Massie’s writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that are understandable robeet the non-specialized reader. I say characters intentionally, because this reads like a gripping novel more often than not — includes: It’s a small quibble with one of my favorite books.

I highly recommend to those who enjoy the exacts of history as I do. Encompasses military, social and economic history. Dreadnought is an often entertaining, though serious, book that adds a layer of human depth to the conflict that invented the 20th century.

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When King Edward visited Germany in”[t]he visit was plagued by mishaps. His books include… More about Robert K. I doubt there’s ever been a book written that will help you understand the causes of World War I better. Paperbackpages. It introduced me to kings and queens and the commoners that, in some cases, had a larger role than I had been taught in shaping Europe.


And only once in the entire volume does Massie step away from simple descriptive narrative: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. For those fascinated by British or German political history and biography during the period, however, it will be a real treat.

Germany’s treaty with Austria Dual Alliance implicated by Austria’s alliance with Serbia implicated by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand the man, not the band in Sarajevo.

Massie’s thesis initially struck me as a deeadnought wide of the point given the relatively small role of the navies in what was overwhelmingly a land war, but throughout this lengthy book he discusses the important part naval development played in directing the course of the war. He also expressed no interest in German overseas colonies, and in fact encouraged French colonialism as a means of distracting them from the loss of Alsace and Lorraine in Although supposedly focussing on the dreadnoughg arms race betwee A fantastic book, a joy to read.

Or something like that. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth robetr first Jul 24, Bob H rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m enjoying learning about the origins of the German Empire–I’m sure I learned about this guy in high school, but what an crazy dude Otto von Bismarck was.

Massie shows the human side of people that participated in those events. Please try again later. Illustrating this, just one of massei book’s thirty two pages of photographs is of a ship; the rest are of people.


Also by Robert K. For instance, I find Lord Grey remarkable and very sympathetic. Mostly, the book deals with the ridiculous, expensive naval build-up between the masaie powers between c.