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Professor Matthew Seligmann

Professor Matthew Seligmann
Divisional Lead/Professor - Politics/History

Marie Jahoda 212

Research area(s)

  • The Anglo-German naval race
  • The origins of the First World War
  • Intelligence history

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the Anglo-German antagonism before the First World War with specific emphasis on the naval and intelligence aspects of the rivalry between the two countries. As a result, I write books and articles that are mostly about armaments races, espionage, battleship building and naval strategy. One of these articles, a study of the origins and creation of the Home Fleet in 1902, won the Julian Corbett Prize, the UK’s principal award for excellence in Naval History.

Research project(s) and grant(s)

The Anglo-German Naval Arms Race and the Origins of the First World War


AHRC Fellowship The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901 - 1914£63,347 January - August 2011