Spies in Uniform
British Military and Naval Intelligence on the Eve of the First World War
By (author) Matthew S. Seligmann
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Spies in Uniform by Matthew S. Seligmann
Book DescriptionWhy did the British government declare war on Germany in August 1914? Was it because Germany posed a threat to British national security? Today many prominent historians would argue that this was not the case and that a million British citizens died needlessly for a misguided cause. This book counters such revisionist arguments. Matthew Seligmann disputes the suggestion that the British government either got its facts wrong about the German threat or even, as some have claimed, deliberately 'invented' it in order to justify an otherwise unnecessary alignment with France and Russia. By examining the military and naval intelligence assessments forwarded from Germany to London by Britain's service attaches in Berlin, its 'men on the spot', Spies in Uniform clearly demonstrates that the British authorities had every reason to be alarmed. From these crucial intelligence documents, previously thought to have been lost, Dr Seligmann shows that in the decade before the First World War, the British government was kept well informed about military and naval developments in the Reich. In particular, the attaches consistently warned that German ambitions to challenge Britain posed a real and imminent danger to national security. As a result, the book concludes that the British government's perception of a German threat before 1914, far from being mistaken or invented, was rooted in hard and credible intelligence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199261505
(242mm x 162mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Matthew S. Seligmann
Royal Navy and the German Threat 1901-1914, Hardback (May 2012)
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Losing the Peace, Paperback (November 2009)
Drawing on a series of case studies, Losing the Peace provides a comprehensive study of the key themes of peace and war and answers the question of why peace has so often failed in the modern era.
Germany from Reich to Republic, 1871-1918, Hardback (July 2000)View all books by Matthew S. Seligmann
This text seeks to provide an up-to-date interpretation of the political development of the Germany of Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II. It focuses on domestic politics as well as diplomacy, personalities and decision-making.
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