Название: The Great Naval Race: The Anglo-German Naval Rivalry, 1900-1914 Автор: Peter Padfield Издательство: David McKay Company ISBN: 0679504729 Год: 1974 Формат: PDF Страниц: 404 Размер: 55,3 МБ Язык: Английский
This is the dramatic story of the deadly competition in Dreadnought battleships between Great Britain and Imperial Germany in the years before the First World War. It is a story of two great empires set on a collision course to the Armageddon of 1914. But was the outbreak of war, as many historians have written, the inevitable result of the armaments race? Using original documentary evidence from both the British and German archives, Peter Padfield argues convincingly that it was not the armaments themselves that were the cause of the First World War. The personalities involved, especially Kaiser Wilhelm II with his obsessive dreams of imperial destiny, decisively influenced the course of events; and the German High Command did indeed conspire to manoeuvre towards conflict.