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Dreadnought (book)

Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War
Author Robert K. Massie
Country England
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Random House
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 1007 pp
OCLC 23287851
940.3/11 20
LC Class D517 .M37 1991
Followed by Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea

Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War (1991) is a book by Robert K. Massie on the growing European tension in decades before World War I, especially the naval arms race between Britain and Germany. A sequel, covering the naval war between Germany and Britain, Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea was published in 2004.


  • Summary 1
  • HMS Dreadnought 2
  • Table of contents 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Massie begins with the birth of Queen Victoria and follows the chronology of the royal families of Europe, culminating in the unification of Germany by Bismarck and the crowning of Kaiser William II. With the stage set, Massie describes the series of people and events that contributed to the outbreak of war, including Alfred von Tirpitz and his plan for German naval superiority, the Kruger Telegram, Boer War and Boxer Rebellion.

HMS Dreadnought

While largely concerned with political and historic matters, a substantial chapter documents the design innovations incorporated into the namesake HMS Dreadnought warship and the interactions between Winston Churchill and Admiral of the Fleet Jackie Fisher that influenced its design and construction.

Table of contents

  • Part I: The German Challenge
  • Part II: The End of Splendid Isolation
  • Part III: The Navy
  • Part IV: Britain and Germany: Politics and Growing Tension, 1906–1910
  • Part V: The Road to Armageddon


  • Massie, Robert K. Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War. New York: Random House, 1991. ISBN 0-394-52833-6

External links

  • , 8 March 1992Dreadnought interview with Massie on Booknotes
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