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Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy (Hardback)
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Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy (Hardback)

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Hardback 608 Pages / Published: 03/05/2011
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Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was the principal force behind the rise of the German Imperial Navy prior to World War I, challenging Great Britain's command of the seas. As State Secretary of the Imperial Naval Office from 1897 to 1916, Tirpitz wielded great power and influence over the national agenda during that crucial period. By the time he had risen to high office, Tirpitz was well equipped to use his position as a platform from which to dominate German defense policy. Though he was cool to the potential of the U-boat, he enthusiastically supported a torpedo boat branch of the navy and began an ambitious building program for battleships and battle cruisers. Based on exhaustive archival research, including new material from family papers, Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy is the first extended study in English of this germinal figure in the growth of the modern navy.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253355935
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 57 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 43 mm


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Kelly's book is a great achievement. Well written and based on new sources, his biography of Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz allows the reader deep insights into the life of a man who played a very important role at the turn of the last century and who, like almost nobody else, shaped German policy. * International Journal of Maritime History *
This is an invaluable reference work on Tirpitz, the Imperial German Navy, and on politics in Wilhelmine Germany. * The Northern Mariner *
The author does a masterful job of analyzing Tirpitz' political skills, his mastery of technology and change, as well as the grave weaknesses of the dysfunctional political system of a federal Germany headed by a weak and vacillating Emperor and riven by unbridgeable political divisions. Highly recommended. Summer 2011 * Camaraderie *
Patrick Kelly has produced a first-rate biography of this grand admiral who is better known for his political skills than his naval ones. * U.S. Naval Insitute Proceedings *
Although this is a scholarly biography, it is in everyway quite readable. Backed by solid research, using untapped and newly available documents and family letters, Kelly has produced a clear picture of one of the major causes of World War I. * thepastinreview.weebly.com *
Kelly's book is a great achievement. Well written and based on new sources, his biography of Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz allows the reader deep insights into the life of a man who played a very important role at the turn of the last century and who shaped German policy in a way few others did. * gh.oxfordjournals.org *
An invaluable addition to military biography shelves, Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy is especially recommended for college library collections. August 2011 * Midwest Book Review *
How, as a naval officer, [Tirpitz] . . . became probably the second most effective politician in the history of Imperial Germany is a fascinating story. It is well told in this large, comprehensive and extensively researched book. * Ausmarine *
[T]he book is stellar. It is based on decades of research in federal, regional, and private archives and takes into account a flood of scholarship on Tirpitz and the fleet. Well written and sensibly organized, the book allows English-language readers their first in-depth look at one of the men who helped shape the 20th century. October 2011 * Naval History *
Kelly's fascinating political biography of Alfred von Tirpitz joins the large historiography on German naval policy prior to WWI. . . . Recommended. * Choice *
[This] book presents a balanced, convincing picture of Tirpitz as naval officer and bureaucratic politician, based on a thorough examination of the relevant archival sources. It is a distinguished contribution to the historiography of imperial Germany. * Journal of Modern History *

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