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The Great Naval Game Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire

by Jan Ruger

Part of the Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series

The Great Naval Game Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire Synopsis

This book is about the theatre of power and identity that unfolded in and between Britain and Germany in the decades before the First World War. It explores what contemporaries described as the cult of the navy: the many ways in which the navy and the sea were celebrated in the fleet reviews, naval visits and ship launches that were watched by hundreds of thousands of spectators. At once royal rituals and national entertainments, these were events at which tradition, power and claims to the sea were played out between the nations. This was a public stage on which the domestic and the foreign intersected and where the modern mass market of media and consumerism collided with politics and international relations. Conflict and identity were literally acted out between the two countries. By focusing on this dynamic arena, Jan Ruger offers a fascinating new history of the Anglo-German antagonism.

The Great Naval Game Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire Press Reviews

'Jan Ruger has written a wonderful book that brings together military, cultural, and comparative history in an exemplary manner. His study offers a new, highly original perspective on the flourishing of the Anglo-German antagonism before the First World War.' Journal of British Studies 'A path-breaking study, striking and original. The writing is elegant, and the research impressive.' International History Review 'Researched with admirable depth and intensity, should be widely read and discussed.' Journal of Military History 'Students of German or British nationalism, imperialism, militarism, and consumerism will not want to miss this book.' H-net 'Incisively written, a compelling analysis.' Mariner's Mirror 'This is an important book that can rightly claim to have examined the Anglo-German antagonism during the pre-1914 period from a new perspective. ... After the cultural perspective has belatedly come to naval history this book takes a further turn through which it reconnects the cultural with the political. It is this effort to bring about such a turn that, together with its sophisticated comparison of British and German naval policy, makes Ruger's The Great Naval Game such a stimulating and highly recommended read.' Volker R. Berghahn, Central European History

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521114615
Publication date: 25th June 2009
Author: Jan Ruger
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 354 pages
Categories: European history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Military history, Naval forces & warfare, International relations,

About Jan Ruger

Jan Ruger teaches history at Birkbeck College, University of London. In 2002-3, he was a visiting fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University.

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