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Naval Warfare
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Naval Warfare

In all theoretical discussions of a future war the war at sea was expected to play a major, if not the decisive role. For this reason all leading industrial nations had from the early 1890s onward been building massive, homogenous battle fleets. Thenaval race” played a central role in souring Anglo-German relations during Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz’ tenure as the German Naval Secretary. The fledgling détente in the maritime sector, which was noticeable two years prior to the outbreak of the war, came too late to alter the larger political constellations. The German High S…

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Salewski, Michael, “Naval Warfare”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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