Militarism in a Global Age: Naval Ambitions in Germany and the United States Before World War I

Dirk Bönker

At the turn of the 20th century, the United States and Germany emerged as the two most rapidly developing industrial nation-states of the Atlantic world. The elites and intelligentsias of both countries staked out claims to dominance in the 20th century. The book explores the far-reaching ambitions of naval officers before World War I as they advanced navalism, a particular brand of modern militarism that stressed the paramount importance of sea power as a historical determinant.