Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War. Robert K. Massie, Author, Robert D. Loomis, Editor Random House (NY) $35 (p) ISBN . A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner. Buy Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War by Robert K Massie (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low.

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Robert K. Massie

Massey’s theory, which is as good as any, I suppose, is that Kaiser Wilhelm’s desire to have a top notch fleet butted roughly against England’s necessity of controlling the oceans. The deeper social trends, how the experiences and views of the “unwashed masses” may have influenced events is simply not within his area of interest.

Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the “A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era Credit to the author for his exten Well, I’ve thrown in the towel.

When King Edward visited Germany in”[t]he visit was plagued by mishaps. Facts which to tobert great many seem to lurk in the great deeps as rusty hulks, Massie however does his part to salvage much of this history with a book of superb relevance.

Preview — Dreadnought by Robert K. Fascinating book, if you like pages of looming catastrophe, which I do.

Dreadnought (Robert Massie) – book review

Anyone who wants to understand how the Great War came about should read this book. View all 12 comments. Open Preview See a Problem?

But I resolved that in I would finally commit to finishing this book. Wonderful stuff, and highly recommended.


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Massie finishes with an account of the London conference and the final progress of events in Berlin and London leading up to the British declaration of war, where Dreadnought comes to a tantalising end.

Also, covered is England’s Splendid Isolation and it’s fall, and why England had to align against Germany. The primary focus is still biographical, with Fisher and, to a lesser extent, his rival Beresford dfeadnought most of the stage.

Jan 21, Ryan rated it really liked it. Inin his book The Romanovs: Or something like that. Fisher’s impact upon the development of the Dreadnought and the reorientation of naval defence towards protecting the Home Islands from the Hochseeflotte is similarky humanized and stripped of its inevitability.

Deeply researched but readable and intriguing. He has devoted much of his career to studying the House of Romanov, Russia’s royal family from Before that we are treated with a history of Germany and Britain from the Napoleonic wars but with an emphasis to the period from Wilhelm II oldest grandson of Victoria ascended the throne of Imperial Germany and his relationships with his grandmother and more generally British family; also the British Imperial history of the late ‘s and early ‘s is treated and the confrontation at Constantinople between the Russian army camped near the city and the British fleet in the Golden Horn, the Fashoda incident, the Boer war.

Not because I wasn’t enjoying it but because I was daunted by the size and the subject matter. From this vague but powerful instinct flowed the entente with France, the rebuilding of the Royal Navy, and the entente with Russia. To call this book through would be a gross understatement. This book is massive in every way. But not for long if it was to the German Kaiser, who wanted to take part in the continental spoils and wanted to have a large navy as well, in order to take its place among the great colonial powers.



Robert Kinloch Massie, who suffers from hemophilia, a hereditary disease that also afflicted the last Tsar’s son, Alexei. Massie’s writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that are understandable to the non-specialized reader.

Jan 31, Alan Clark rated it liked it. Massie’s writing style is clear, and he organizes huge themes and complex topics in ways that dreadnough understandable to the non-specialized reader. At the moment supreme in augusthe tries to back down from the game of bluff that is played specially by Austriabut is prevented from doing so by both his chancellor Von Bethman Hollweg and the General Staff under Von Moltke. Highly recommended if you want to know more about the people and events leading up to the Great War Central theme in the book is the race between Great Britain and Germany for naval supremacy.

Robwrt don’t read a lot of history, but when I do I want it to matter.

Published September 15th by Ballantine Books first published When the royal train pulled into the station, the King was unready; the train had crossed into a different time zone and his value, having failed to adjust his watch, had not laid out His Majesty’s uniform.