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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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The man who comes off best is England’s foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey this is interesting, since Grey is much maligned in other histories I’ve read. Then there was England and France’s Entente Cordiale, an informal agreement triggered by France’s engagement with Germany, which was, in turn, implicated by Germany’s invasion of Belgium which was thought necessary to win any war with France. We get descriptions of the frantic attempts by the Entente governments to avoid war, and the great personal distress of many of the politicians and diplomats involved, including German and Austrian diplomats, kept in the dark by their own Governments.

Dreadnought (Robert Massie) – book review

Jan 29, Jill Hutchinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: I devour with pleasure each book he has written. Massie Limited preview – There is a theory in history – the Great Man theory – that events are shaped by personalities. Funnily, Wilhelm II in this book is shown more as a show-off, a spoiled boy who acts irresponsible and hot tempered than as a man who consciously is steering his country towards war.


Many of these states actually exchanged ambassadors with one another. When he resumed, his eyes were filled with tears.

Paperbackpages. Bismarck once quipped that if the British Army ever came ashore on the coast of Prussia he would leave it to the local police to round them up. Yet, for all the glory, Kipling may have helped distract the British populace from the vast naval buildup taking place, and the fact that Imperial Germany, on the move sincewas about to surpass Great Britain in raw production of coal and steel, but soon in naval weight and might and cutting-edge technology.


With these feelings, I refuse to speak or think of the United States as a foreign nation. Massie intertwines the history of Germany and Britain on a political and military level, describing the lives and thoughts of leading politicians and military mostly admirals and of course the Royal heads ruling in Europe.

Account Options Sign in. Grey is most famous for his ominous words on the eve of the First World War.

Sep 15, Pages. Massie By Robert K. This knowledge prepared them for four long years at sea during the Great War. It mmassie very informative and enjoyable. A Portrait of the World Before the War,but with new detailing.

Where do you live? Germany, being the central great industrial power on the continent, had a great army but lacked in naval arms.

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

When he sailed into port, the excited bear would jump into the water, swim over to nearby boats and climb in, much to the shock of the boat’s inhabitants. Stay in Touch Sign up. The result was a restoration of the balance of power in Europe. The book is a collection of small biographies, centering on the English and German royalty, with the prime ministers, chancelors and ministers as well.


Dreadnought is the story of the naval arms race between England and Germany leading up to World War I. It is also a key read for any one interested in under standing the gradual march to war in and the impending tragedies that soon followed. 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.

I feel like a man who has wasted his life. He was president of the Authors Guild from to 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 The bulk of this book and oh, what a bulk is hopelessly entangled in the pedantries of political harrumphing: We know the mechanics.

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