Naval Arms Race
(1,316 words)

Naval Arms Race

When he ascended the throne in 1888, Kaiser Wilhelm II was determined to practice Weltpolitik. His instrument of choice to achieve this aim would be a strong battle fleet. With the appointment of Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz as secretary of state for the German Imperial Naval Office in 1897, the Kaiser found an officer who was willing to implement the Kaiser’s ambitious plans, and to manipulate public opinion to that purpose. Already in the years prior to his appointment, Tirpitz had in several mem…

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Krüger, Friederike, “Naval Arms Race”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 19 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0423>
First published online: 2015



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