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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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Of Sciences, Sea Power, and Strategy

Of Sciences, Sea Power, and Strategy

(p.251) Chapter 10 Of Sciences, Sea Power, and Strategy
Militarism in a Global Age

Dirk Bönker

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the professional politics of the U.S. and German naval elites that underwrote the making of navalism as a distinct set of ideas, agendas, and practices concerning global politics, maritime warfare, and nation-state formation. Positioning themselves as servants of their nation-states, naval officers claimed to have acquired special knowledge in naval affairs and global politics and to have uncovered the laws governing the conduct of navies, economies, and states. This chapter considers how the sciences of sea power and military strategy fed directly into a transatlantic movement of ideas between its adherents, and how their development was underwritten by a shared attachment to the type of military professionalism that had become associated with the Prussian–German army. This general attachment further differentiated the professional militarism of the U.S. and German navies from their British counterpart.

Keywords:   politics, naval elites, navalism, maritime warfare, sciences, sea power, military strategy, military professionalism, Prussian–German army, militarism

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