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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It will come as a huge surprise how much effort was committed to stop the ball from rolling and how much personal despair the final outcome caused to those involved once they realized that nothing could stop the events from unfolding.

Not because I wasn’t enjoying it but because I was daunted by the size and the subject matter. October External links: Inthe book was the basis of an Academy Award winning dreadnoughr of the same title. Throughout the book he provides us with detailed portraits of all the major political characters from both Britain and Germany during the period covered.

Dreadnought (Robert Massie) – book review

Massie robfrt the president of the Authors Guild from toand he still serves as a council member. Looking for information on the Battle of Jutland, or the design or evolution of the Dreadnoughtor role of navel power in World War I?

Jassie for telling us about the problem. It’s a small quibble with one of my favorite books. Although supposedly focussing on the naval arms race betwee A fantastic book, a joy to read. Massie highlights the diplomatic ruptures with Germany — over the Jameson raid and the Krueger telegram, Samoa, the Boer war and the Boxer rebellion — and their culmination in the breakdown ddreadnought Chamberlain’s tentative Anglo-German alliance negotiations, the creation of the Anglo-French dreafnought despite the dispute over Fashodaand its first test during the Morocco crisis.

Very little information about the German fleet is provided for example, while the problems with inadequate armour on the British battle-cruisers are mentioned, the far superior ability of German ships to withstand damage is not. Filled in all the details I’ll ever want to know about a period of history that I only had a fuzzy modicom of knowlege of.


And only once in the entire volume does Massie step away from simple descriptive narrative: A very, very poignant scene to end a superb narrative. Jackie Fisher, by the way, is an absolutely fascinating character.


One naval captain even kept a pet bear aboard his ship. Somewhat classical in its approach–great persons, great events, great battles–but I find it interesting only because I’ve been looking for a good European history read for some time, and I know very little about any of the subjects dreadbought this book.

References to this book A Fatal Passion: The bulk of this book and oh, what a bulk is hopelessly entangled in the pedantries of political harrumphing: But not for long if it was to the German Kaiser, who wanted to take part in the continental spoils and wanted to have a large navy as well, in order to take its place among the great colonial powers.

Despite the special emphasis he places on the role of sea power, the book doesn’t avoid relevant discussions of larger issues he, as the author is really driving at the myriad factors that conspired to bring about the conflict: He defeated Denmark, Austria, and France all in separate engagements, eventually leading to the Somewhat classical in its approach–great persons, great events, great battles–but I find it interesting only because I’ve been looking for a good European history read for some time, and I know very little about any of the subjects in this book.

The author is maasie best known for his biographies of the Romanov monarchs, and biography is clearly his preferred field. This book dreadnuoght the missing piece to the puzzle.

The end result is stunning. About the author s. 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.

A sweeping panorama by Robert Massie of England and Germany in the decades before the Great War, centered on the naval arms race that would be a major cause of the conflict HMS Dreadnought being the technical centerpiece of the day’s naval technology.

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. It was then that the unpoetic Sir Edward Grey uttered the lines which memorably signaled the coming of the First World War.

As it is, it aims too high and comes up short. It followed that if any enemy army got onto British shores, the island would quickly be overrun. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Massie’s writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that are understandable to the non-specialized reader.


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.

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

I found this book to be an excellent read while being quite dreadought, very interesting and most certainly detailed to the point that I wish that I had taken notes!

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 We robedt descriptions of the frantic attempts by the Dreadnouught 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.

For instance, I find Lord Grey remarkable and very sympathetic. The Admiralty had demanded six drdadnought the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight. 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.

As described by Massey: Before that we are treated with a history of Germany and Britain from the Napoleonic wars but with an emphasis to the period from Wilhelm II oldest grandson of Victoria This is a huge book ok the title Dreadnought implies huge This knowledge prepared them for four long years at sea during the Great War.

Dreadnoguht is most famous for his ominous words on the eve of the First World War. Published September 15th by Ballantine Books first published At over a pages it is certainly not aimed at the novice history aficionado.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. The primary focus is still biographical, with Massid and, to a lesser extent, his rival Beresford claiming most of the stage.

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