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Spies in Uniform: British Military and Naval Intelligence on the Eve of the First World War

Matthew S. Seligmann


Why 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 in the trenches for a misguided cause. However, this book counters such revisionist arguments. It 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. B ... More

Keywords: British army, German army, German navy, military attachés, military intelligence, naval attachés, naval intelligence, Royal Navy, origins of the First World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew S. Seligmann, author
Reader in History, University of Northampton
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