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Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy


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Abbreviations1. Introduction
2. Tirpitz's Early Life
3. The Aspirant, 1865-1870
4. The Young Officer, 1870-1877: A Taste of War
5. The Creation of the German Torpedo Arm, 1877-1889
6. Interim, 1889-1891
7. Oberkommando der Marine, 1892-1895
8. On the Verge of Power, 1895-1897
9. Tirpitz Ascendant, 1897-1898
10. The Second Navy Law, 1899-1900
11. The "Quiet" Years, 1900-1906
12. Sow the Wind, 1906-1908
13. The Whirlwind Rises, 1908-1911
14. Denouement, 1911-1914
15. Tirpitz at War, August 1914-March 1916
16. Uncommon Recessional, 1916-1930
17. ConclusionAppendix

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The man who transformed the German navy before the outbreak of the First World War

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Patrick J. Kelly is Professor of History at Adelphi University.


"Beyond its great interest for naval and military historians regardless of specialization, this work will be required reading for any... historian of the Second Reich and the interwar period... and for those fascinated by the eternal query, 'Who or what caused the outbreak of the First World War?'" Eric C. Rust, author of Naval Officers Under Hitler: The Story of Crew 34

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