Author Results for Matthew S. Seligmann

Review :-‘The British Way of War: Julian Corbett and the battle for a national strategy’ by A. Lambert

By Matthew S. Seligmann

It used once to be said of the Royal Navy in the first two decades of the twentieth century – a period generally known as the Fisher era, after prominent First Sea Lord Admiral Sir John ‘Jacky’ Fisher, the driving force behind British naval policy for most of those years – that it was a […] Read More

Filed under: Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The War Lords and the Gallipoli Disaster: How globalized trade led Britain to its worst defeat of the First World War’ by N. A. Lambert,

By Matthew S. Seligmann

The declared aim of this book is to advance a new and explicitly revisionist analysis of the genesis of the Gallipoli campaign, the un-successful 1915 Allied assault, exclusively naval at first but subsequently also amphibious, on the narrow straits connecting the Medi-terranean to the Black Sea. This is not an under-researched area, a fact that […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Castaways in Question: A story of British naval interrogators from WW1 to denazification’ by D. Nudd

By Matthew S. Seligmann

This is an entertaining book. The subject matter is the work of British interrogators, principally from the navy, in obtaining information from captured German sailors in the two World Wars. The story is largely told through interesting vignettes extracted from the intelligence reports produced on the back of these interrogations. At least for the Second […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Great Britain, International Law, and the Evolution of Maritime Strategic Thought, 1856–1914’ by G. A. Frei

By Matthew S. Seligmann

Until relatively recently the vast majority of studies of the laws of war at sea in the run up to 1914 have focused principally on the question of belligerent rights and the extent to which the future combatants in this conflict, mindful of their expectations of prospective hostilities, had sought to enhance or limit these […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The ‘Lusitania’ Sinking: Eyewitness accounts from survivors by A. Richards

By Matthew S. Seligmann

This volume begins with a question, why another book on the Lusitania sinking? The justification promptly provided is that this account is one composed largely from the information and ideas contained in first-hand passenger testimony. In other words, this book more than any previous one forefronts the experience of the people present during the vessel’s […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review – ‘Militarism in a Global Age: Naval ambitions in Germany and the United States before World War I’ by Dirk Bönker

By Matthew S. Seligmann

Naval histories of the immediate pre-First World War era often focus predominantly on the great Anglo-German naval race, a decade and a half long competition in maritime force accumulation that by virtue of its iconographic status, longevity, bitterness and ultimate culmination in conflict has cast an overwhelming shadow over the period. While there is certainly […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy