The Lusitania Saga Myth

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Author: David Ramsay
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473821762
Size: 68.44 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 256
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The SS Lusitania entered service with Cunard in 1907. The first transatlantic express liner powered by marine turbines, she could complete the Liverpool-New York crossing in five days and had a top speed of 25 knots. She restored the British supremacy of the key North Atlantic route which the Germans had seized. All this ended on 7 May 1915 when she was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank 18 minutes later with the loss of 1,198 passengers and crew (interestingly 39% of those aboard survived whereas only 32% of those on the Titanic survived despite the latter taking 2 hours, 40 minutes to sink.) The Author concentrates not just on the disaster but its aftermath including the political recriminations and the inquiry. As a result of the loss of 128 American citizens the Germans signed an agreement not to attack US shipping. Their breach of this was a major contributory reason, along with the Zimmermann Telegram, why the USA entered the War. This is a fascinating study of a major shipping disaster with profound consequences


The Lusitania Saga Myth

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Author: David Ramsay
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473860237
Size: 58.78 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 256
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An account of one of the greatest maritime disasters in history—the Lusitania’s proud service, its sinking by a German U-Boat, and the tragic aftermath. When the RMS Lusitania entered service in 1907, she was the pride of the Cunard fleet. The first transatlantic express liner powered by marine turbines, she had a top speed of twenty-five knots and could make the Liverpool-New York crossing in five days, restoring British supremacy along the key North Atlantic route. All this ended during World War I, on 7 May 1915, when she was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank eighteen minutes later, taking with her the lives of the 1,198 passengers and crew. In this well-researched book, the author concentrates not just on the disaster but its consequences, including the political recriminations and the governmental inquiry. The loss of American citizens was a major reason why the United States entered the War. Fully-illustrated with rare historical photographs, this is a fascinating study of a major shipping catastrophe with profound repercussions that would have an effect not just on maritime law, but on the future of the world.


Choosing War

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Author: Douglas Carl Peifer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190268689
Size: 60.85 MB
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Languages : en
Pages : 336
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Throughout US history, presidents have had vastly different reactions to naval incidents. Though some incidents have been resolved diplomatically, others have escalated to outright war. What factors influence the outcome of a naval incident, especially when calls for retribution mingle with recommendations for restraint? Given the rise of long range anti-ship and anti-air missile systems, coupled with tensions in East Asia, the Persian Gulf, and the Black Sea, the question is more relevant than ever for US naval diplomacy. In Choosing War, Douglas Carl Peifer compares the ways in which different presidential administrations have responded when American lives were lost at sea. Peifer specifically examines three cases: the Maine incident (1898), which led to war in the short term; the Lusitania crisis (1915), which set the trajectory for intervention; and the Panay incident (1937), which was settled diplomatically. He then analyzes the ways in which Presidents William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt responded to the incidents, considering the options they had available and the policies they ultimately selected. The case studies illustrate the ways in which leadership, memory, and shifting domestic policy shape presidential decisions, and ultimately provides important insights into the connections between naval incidents, war, and their respective historical contexts. Rich in dramatic narrative and historical perspective, Choosing War offers an essential tool for confronting future naval crises.


Die Seeschlacht Vor Dem Skagerrak

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Author: Knud Jakobsen
Publisher: Sea War Museum Jutland
ISBN: 8799977958
Size: 76.48 MB
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Category : History
Languages : de
Pages : 360
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Eine sehr gut ausgearbeitete und ansprechend illustrierte Zusammenstellung von Fachwissen und sachlich allgemein verständlicher Militärgeschichte. Mit seinem fundierten Wissen hat es der Autor hervorragend verstanden, durch konsequente Nutzung der vielen ihm zur Verfügung stehenden verschiedenen Quellen mit dem einen oder anderen Mythos aufzuräumen, der nach wie vor durch die Geschichte geistert. Er beleuchtet aus einem völlig neuen Blickwinkel eine Reihe spannender Kriegsereignisse, deren Zusammenhänge so bisher noch nicht dargestellt wurden. Dies erleichtert dem Leser die Möglichkeit, einen schnellen Zugang zum Text zu finden. Anders, als wie man es gewohnt ist, wird der Schwerpunkt (Mittelpunkt des Interesses) auf den Überlebenskampf vieler Schicksale einzelner Kriegsteilnehmer gerichtet. Diese vom Verfasser packend und ausführlich dargestellten Einzelschicksale zeigen gleichzeitig die Konsequenzen des furchtbaren und sinnlosen Krieges auf. Dadurch wird jedoch nicht der Zusammenhang mit der Geschichtsschreibung zerstört oder beeinträchtigt, sondern dem interessierten Leser hautnah vor Augen geführt.


Over Here Over There

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Author: William Brooks
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252051564
Size: 11.63 MB
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Category : Music
Languages : en
Pages : 280
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During the Great War, composers and performers created music that expressed common sentiments like patriotism, grief, and anxiety. Yet music also revealed the complexities of the partnership between France, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. At times, music reaffirmed a commitment to the shared wartime mission. At other times, it reflected conflicting views about the war from one nation to another or within a single nation.Over Here, Over There examines how composition, performance, publication, recording, censorship, and policy shaped the Atlantic allies' musical response to the war. The first section of the collection offers studies of individuals. The second concentrates on communities, whether local, transnational, or on the spectrum in-between. Essay topics range from the sinking of the Lusitania through transformations of the entertainment industry to the influenza pandemic.Contributors: Christina Bashford, William Brooks, Deniz Ertan, Barbara L. Kelly, Kendra Preston Leonard, Gayle Magee, Jeffrey Magee, Michelle Meinhart, Brian C. Thompson, and Patrick Warfield


Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

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Author: Steven H. Gittelman
Publisher: Hamilton Books
ISBN: 0761855076
Size: 28.69 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 230
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At a young age, Alfred Vanderbilt inherited a massive fortune of $40 million and control of the Vanderbilt railroading empire. With no interest in business matters, the youth squandered his wealth on horses and women on two continents. None of the Vanderbilts gave as much fuel for gossip to the curious public as Alfred. By the time the extravagant playboy boarded the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, he was the subject of numerous scandals, including the suicide of four different women. But as the ship went down, he spent the last minutes of his life rescuing women and children and forgoing his own life. How is it that this wraith, this gluttonous, opulent youth, could undergo an entire change of character in his last few moments? Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt follows Alfred’s journey from philanderer to hero in this incredible, never-before-told story of the hero of the Lusitania.


Rms Lusitania It Wasn T It Didn T

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Author: Michael Martin
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 075096281X
Size: 59.97 MB
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Category : Transportation
Languages : en
Pages : 160
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Within hours of the sinking of RMS Lusitania by a German submarine off the Cork coast in May 1915, a narrative was created which over time became the accepted truth of the incident. Many people today still believe the sinking of the Lusitania was a savage attack on an innocent vessel that brought America into the war. In this book, author and historian Michael Martin raises a series of disturbing questions that challenge this longheld perspective. Examining a raft of old and new evidence suggesting a more sinister function of RMS Lusitania, this book explores the widespread use of civilian vessels within the war effort; it shines a light on the operational response of the Royal Navy in the immediate aftermath of the incident; and it looks at the nature of the response of the United States at this crucial juncture. And, above all, this book questions the narrative that has grown up around one of the most pivotal junctures in the war to end all wars.


Ger Chte Machen Geschichte

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Author: Lars-Broder Keil
Publisher: Ch. Links Verlag
ISBN: 9783861533863
Size: 47.48 MB
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Category : Germany
Languages : de
Pages : 320
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Lusitania

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Author: Willi Jasper
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030022138X
Size: 33.87 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 233
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On 7 May 1915, the Lusitania, a large British luxury liner, was sunk by a German submarine off the Irish coast. Nearly 1,200 people, including 128 American citizens, lost their lives. The sinking of a civilian passenger vessel without warning was a scandal of international scale and helped precipitate the United States' decision to enter the conflict. It also led to the immediate vilification of Germany. Thougfh the ship's sinking has preoccupied historians and the general public for over a century, the German side of the story has remained largely untold until now. ... Willi Jasper provides provides a comprehenaive reappraisal of the sinking and its aftermath, focusing on the German reaction and psyche. The attack on the Lusitania, he argues was not simply an escalation of violence but the signalling of a new ideological, moral and religious dimension in the strugglebetween Geran 'Kultur' and Western civilization."--Jacket.


Lusitania

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Author: Greg King
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466876379
Size: 79.41 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 400
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On the 100th Anniversary of its sinking, King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania's glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I. Lusitania: She was a ship of dreams, carrying millionaires and aristocrats, actresses and impresarios, writers and suffragettes – a microcosm of the last years of the waning Edwardian Era and the coming influences of the Twentieth Century. When she left New York on her final voyage, she sailed from the New World to the Old; yet an encounter with the machinery of the New World, in the form of a primitive German U-Boat, sent her – and her gilded passengers – to their tragic deaths and opened up a new era of indiscriminate warfare. A hundred years after her sinking, Lusitania remains an evocative ship of mystery. Was she carrying munitions that exploded? Did Winston Churchill engineer a conspiracy that doomed the liner? Lost amid these tangled skeins is the romantic, vibrant, and finally heartrending tale of the passengers who sailed aboard her. Lives, relationships, and marriages ended in the icy waters off the Irish Sea; those who survived were left haunted and plagued with guilt. Now, authors Greg King and Penny Wilson resurrect this lost, glittering world to show the golden age of travel and illuminate the most prominent of Lusitania's passengers. Rarely was an era so glamorous; rarely was a ship so magnificent; and rarely was the human element of tragedy so quickly lost to diplomatic maneuvers and militaristic threats.