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A term used to describe Germany's aggressive and expansive foreign policy through the acquisition of colonies and the building of a navy from 1884 to 1918. The aim of this policy had been ostensibly to placate the demands from heavy industry for a greater navy and to generate national pride among dissatisfied working classes. However, there is little evidence that it was successful, particularly in the latter aim.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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