Russian naval commanders in the estimates of the german naval attache in 1901-1912

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Release:

Vesntik TSU. History. 2013

Title: 
Russian naval commanders in the estimates of the german naval attache in 1901-1912


About the authors:

Stanislav N. Sinegubov, Dr. Sci. (Hist.), Professor at the Department of History, Social and Economic Disciplines, Ishim Teacher Training Institute named after P. P. Ershov (Tyumen State University Branch), globus_75@inbox.ru

Sergey P. Shilov, Dr. Sci. (Hist.), Professor at the Department of History, Social and Economic Disciplines, Ishim Teacher Training Institute named after P. P. Ershov (Tyumen State University Branch), sshilov@mail.ru

Abstract:

The paper analyses the characteristics of the Russian naval commanders given by the German naval attaches in their reports to Berlin in 1901-1912. While characterizing them the attaches paid attention first of all to their professional features. To their opinion they influenced the promotion of the Russian naval officers. Among a great number of top officials in the Russian fleet the German attaches especially valued “the Russian Germans” as to their mind they were particularly industrious and disciplined. In addition, the messages are the data that characterize the general state of affairs in the main fleet — the Baltic and the Black Sea, which allowed making up the conclusions about the priority of their development plans of the Russian authorities. Taking into consideration the research materials the authors show the influence they had on forming the policy of A. Tirpitz’ Naval Ministry to Russia including such an important issue as making a naval alliance.

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