A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner. Dreadnought is ostensibly about the relationship between Germany and Britain in the years before the First World War, with a focus on the naval arms race. Here, as with his Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great (), Massie disdains the virtues of literary economy.
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Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in this powerful narrative. He throws some tonnage out, and the number of guns, but he never explains why this steel behemoth became so important – the nuclear weapons of the s. Robert Kinloch Massie, who suffers from hemophilia, a hereditary disease that also afflicted the last Tsar’s son, Alexei. Dreadnought is the story of the naval arms race between England and Germany leading up to World War I.
He colours this broad canvas of almost 50 – 60 years – with anecdotes and petit histoire that dreadnoght an almost voyeurish view in the heads and lives of the people involved.
Start reading Dreadnought on your Kindle in under a minute. Sit back and enjoy a long ride into the British and German experience as never before. The deeper social trends, how the experiences and views of the “unwashed masses” may have influenced events is simply not massif his area of interest.
Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Dreadnought is ostensibly about the relationship between Germany and Britain in the years before the First World War, with a focus on the naval arms race between them. His Life and World. We know the mechanics. Massie jumps from crisis to crisis, Parliamentary debate to Reichstag debate, Whitehall meeting to Wilhelmstrasse meeting, quarterdeck to quarterdeck in this driving narrative.
Credit to the author for his extensive research, but I found far too many characters and information to continue to be engaged and so therefore I would fall into a deep slumber.
He brings to life forgotten events, like the Kruger Telegram and the Jameson raid.
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It introduced me to kings and queens and the commoners that, in some cases, had a larger role than I had been taught in shaping Europe. Massiie have a Kindle? Want to Read saving…. He defeated Denmark, Austria, and France all in separate engagements, eventually leading to the Somewhat classical in its approach–great persons, great events, great battles–but I find it interesting only because I’ve been looking for a good European history read for some time, and I know very little about any of the subjects in this book.
Set up a giveaway. Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz, massje young, ambitious, Winston Churchill, dreadnougght ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow, and many others. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.
Massie begins, in part one, with Queen Victoria and the dynastic links between Germany and Britain, then traces the history of the German naval challenge to Britain’s supremacy. This book provides the missing piece to the puzzle. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race.
Massie manages to visualize all the main characters of dreadnught period and make them human. Fascinating book, if you like pages of looming catastrophe, which I do. This would have been saved by a narrower focus and masske dose of personality. In Britain the ascendancy of the Liberals, leading up to the Reform Bill and the breaking of the power of the House of Lords, is described through portraits of Campbell-Bannerman, Asquith, Haldane and Grey.
Great Britain, due to her island geography, was forced to rely on her naval supremacy for her own survival.
Dreadnought (Robert Massie) – book review
Credit to the author for his exten Well, I’ve thrown in the towel. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Jan 29, Jill Hutchinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Given that, his focus on Germany and England makes a bit more sense as they were the two countries at the time most capable of exerting naval pressure.
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Their story, and the story of the era, filled with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and events leading to unintended conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in this powerful narrative. Jun 12, Kym Robinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: For those fascinated by British or German political history and biography during the period, however, it will be a real treat.
His Life and World: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Thus, for some Massie’s writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that are understandable to the non-specialized reader. On the other hand, if Massie was more interested in exploring the lives of the men and women involved in the conflicts that ultimately led to World War I, I feel he should have focused on one, two, or at most a handful of those people who were most important to telling the story, and perhaps written a parallel biography.
I think Massie’s problem was that he couldn’t seem to decide whether this book was to be a history book or a biography. He defeated Denmark, Austria, and France all in separate engagements, eventually leading to the unopposed creation of the German Empire.
I also have a better understanding of Asquith, Grey, Haldane, Bismarck, Bulow, Tirpitz, and other politicians and officials of the time. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: He spends enormous amounts of time fleshing out the central characters: When [Bismarck] complained of an upset stomach, [his wife] calmed him with foie gras.