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Militarism in a Global AgeNaval Ambitions in Germany and the United States before World War I$
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Dirk Bönker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450402

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450402.001.0001

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World Power in a Global Age

World Power in a Global Age

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Militarism in a Global Age

Dirk Bönker

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines German and U.S. navalist strategies of world power in relation to global empire, national industry, and maritime force from the beginning of the twentieth century up to the mid-1910s. It argues that these strategies were aimed at remaking the U.S. and German nation-states as autonomous nation-centered world powers in control of their own destinies. Moreover, such strategies fused the same set of assumptions about geopolitics, economics, and sea power with particular notions of national destiny, empire, and the world. The chapter also considers how the notion of world power figured prominently in the ways that the naval elites of Germany and the United States approached global power, foreign policy, and empire.

Keywords:   world power, empire, national industry, geopolitics, sea power, national destiny, naval elites, Germany, United States, foreign policy

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