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in culture than treasure. Moreover, the naval expansions were not for defense, but offense. Before the outbreak of what would become World War I, the two powers had in place detailed plans for destroying French military and naval might with the aim of dominating the Mediterranean Sea. While Germany, Iraly, and Austria expanded naval power, Great Britain and France juggled their resources and priorities in response. To maintain dominance in the North Sea against the growing German fleet, the Royal Navy was forced to pull ships from foreign stations and reduce its hold on the Mediterranean. The French also reduced naval forces on foreign station to protect their shores and their African colonies from Italian imperialism and Austrian extension of naval power. When World War I broke out, conditions in the Mediterranean Sea were at their historic no rmal: chaotic. Crisis in the Mediterranean is essential reading for detailed information on naval conditions in the Mediterranean Sea in the decade leading ro World War I. DR. DAVID

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