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German industrial and economic power had grown greatly after unification and the foundation of the Empire in 1871.
From the mid-1890s on, the government of Wilhelm II used this base to devote significant economic resources to building up the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial German Navy), established by Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, in rivalry with the British Royal Navy for world naval supremacy.

As a result, each nation strove to out-build the other in terms of capital ships.
With the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906, the British Empire expanded on its significant advantage over its German rival.
The arms race between Britain and Germany eventually extended to the rest of Europe, with all the major powers devoting their industrial base to producing the equipment and weapons necessary for a pan-European conflict.

Between 1908 and 1913, the military spending of the European powers increased by 50 percent.

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