Sunday, July 3, 2011
A Review Of 'Death At Sea: Graf Spee And The Flight Of The German East Asiatic Naval Squadron in 1914'
Frank Wilson, my friend and former editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote an interesting review of Eric Dorn Brose' World War I naval history.
Mention World War I, and most people will likely think of trench warfare in Europe. They likely will not think of the Pacific Ocean.
But the conflict triggered by the assassination on June 28, 1914, of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was indeed a global conflict, fought on sea as well as land.
Drexel University history professor Eric Dorn Brose thinks historians have missed the boat by not paying enough attention to what went on in the Pacific during World War I. The conventional view, he says, is that "this was a kind of sideshow, not a particularly important aspect of the war. I think it was more important to the outcome of the war than has been realized."
You can read the rest of Frank Wilson's review in the Philadelphia Inquirer via the below link: