Coverbild As We Were Rusting in Our Harbours von Nicolas Wolz, ISBN-978-3-423-28025-9
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As We Were Rusting in Our Harbours

Germany, Great Britain and the War at Sea, 1914 - 1918

The First World War saw little in the way of naval conflict and few casualties. The one big sea-battle, at Skagerrak in 1916, had little effect on the outcome of the war. Today that might strike us as fortunate for all involved, but at the time Europe was in the grips of a spirit of militant nationalistic fervour, and the inactivity caused great frustration – particularly among the naval officers. Not only were they unable to see themselves as heroes, they were also ridiculed on the home-front and felt profoundly humiliated. From this perspective, the seemingly ludicrous order that forced the German fleet to go to sea against England in 1918 seems more understandable, but coming at the war’s end it triggered a revolution, because the humble German sailors wanted no part in such madness.

A fascinating and perceptive analysis of an era, a time characterised by a vainglorious mindset that now appears alien to us. This book contributes substantially to our understanding of this period and its consequences – consequences that helped pave the way for the Third Reich.

A unique project marking the upcoming centenary of the day Germany declared war on Russia – August 1st, 1914, the day that saw the beginning of the First World War.

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352 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-28025-9


Rights sold: English language
About the author
Portrait des Autors Nicolas Wolz

Nicolas Wolz

Historian Nicolas Wolz PhD was born in 1972. He gained his doctorate with a thesis on the experiences of German and British marine officers during the First World War. An editor for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) from 2006 to 2009, he went on to represent the Hessian cultural department until 2011. Wolz now works for the German Central Bank and lives near Frankfurt with his family.
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