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Militarism in a Global Age: Naval Ambitions in Germany and the United States before World War I

Dirk Bönker


At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States and Germany emerged as the two most rapidly developing industrial nation-states of the Atlantic world. The elites and intelligentsias of both countries staked out claims to dominance in the twentieth century. This book explores the far-reaching ambitions of naval officers before World War I as they advanced navalism, a particular brand of modern militarism that stressed the paramount importance of sea power as a historical determinant. Aspiring to make their own countries into self-reliant world powers in an age of global empire and comme ... More

Keywords: naval officers, United States, Germany, navalism, sea power, naval power, militarism, maritime militarism, national identity, geopolitics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450402
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dirk Bönker, author
Assistant Professor of History, Duke University