By Ph.D. Alan Axelrod
You’re no fool, in fact. you recognize that international struggle i used to be “the nice War,” and you’re conversant in its pictures: muddy trenches, poison gasoline, and a no-man’s-land of craters and barbed wire.
But by way of figuring out its motives, why it dragged on for 4 years, and the way it set the level for international warfare II, you’re misplaced in the back of enemy traces. Don’t wave the white flag simply but! the total Idiot’s consultant® to international struggle I delivers a complete over-view of the 1st international warfare, from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the Treaty of Versailles. during this whole Idiot’s Guide®, you get:
- Broad assurance of the key treaties and en-tangling alliances that ended in war.
- Comprehensive research of a few of history’s bloodiest battles, together with the Somme, Tannenburg, Gallipoli, and Belleau Wood.
- Expert remark at the improvement of guns corresponding to the tank, the dreadnought battleship, poison fuel, and the German U-boat.
- Valuable insights into the war’s effect in this century’s political and cultural development.
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Or, rather, the object of any given battle had become nothing more than taking possession of the bleak, cratered, dead extent of territory separating the opposing trenches: no man’s land. 11 Part 1 ➤ The Lamps Go Out Western Front In some of the chapters that follow, we will trace the course of the war on the Western Front, the battles at Ypres, Artois, the Somme, Verdun, and elsewhere. We will also look at the war as it was fought on the sea as well as under the sea and, beyond the confines of Europe, in the Middle East, Mesopotamia, Africa, and even Asia.
Encirclement, containment, perpetual check—these were the moves of diplomacy as expressed in complex alliances periodically punctuated by war. During the Middle Ages, Europe had been less a continent of nations than of fiefdoms run by feudal rulers—some called lords, some princes, and some even kings and queens. Whatever the title, their power was limited and the sense of nationhood that 19 Part 1 ➤ The Lamps Go Out they created was commensurately weak. Economic, technological, and cultural changes wrought during the Renaissance, beginning in the fifteenth century, started to make it both feasible and desirable for Europe’s rulers to consolidate their authority.
Unfortunately, Wilhelm II proved inept at foreign policy, progressively alienated the British, and increasingly yielded power and authority to the German military. By 1914, Wilhelm II, like everyone else in the German civil and military government, had enslaved himself to the Schlieffen Plan and, despite his own misgivings, let his nation be drawn into World War I. Late in 1918, with Germany plunging toward defeat in the war, Chancellor Prince Max of Baden announced Wilhelm II’s abdication—without having consulted the kaiser.