Preparing for Weltpolitik: German Sea Power Before the "Tirpitz" Era

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This study offers a significant new interpretation of the emergence of Germany as a world power. While other histories have focused on the era of Tirpitz and William II - accepting Adm. Alfred Tirpitz's own contention that little of importance happened before he came into office - this book considers the evolution of German sea power within the broader context of German history in the nineteenth century. A comprehensive operational history, an institutional history, and a political history, the book chronicles the fluctuating fortunes of Germany's navy. It covers its involvement in the German-Danish wars of 1848-1849, Otto von Bismarck's wars for German unification in 1864, 1866, and 1870, the claiming of the German colonial empire in Africa and the Pacific after 1884, and various instances of gunboat diplomacy.

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Offers a new interpretation of the emergence of Germany as a world power, considering the evolution of sea power within the broader context of German history in the 19th century. Exposes the myth that German sea power and its connection to Weltpolitik , Germany's drive for world power, originated with Admiral Tirpitz, and argues that Tirpitz merely

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