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Title:
The great naval game : Britain and Germany in the age of empire
Author:
Rüger, Jan.
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9780521114615

9780521875769
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xv, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare ; 26

Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare ; 26.
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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 Rüger offers a fascinating new history of the Anglo-German antagonism.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The rise of the naval theatre
2 Culture, politics and the mass market
3 Bread and circuses
4 Nation, navy and the sea
5 The Anglo-German theatre
Epilogue: No more parades
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