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Published on December 27, 2013

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THE WAR World War I… or as it was called at the time, The World War, The Great War, or The War to End All Wars. • It lasted from 1914 to 1918. • About 10 million soldiers were killed, another 20 million wounded, and another 8 million are missing. And that’s just the military casualties – it doesn’t include civilians. ABHISHEK

Some causes Nationalism • The various European powers start developing very nationalistic identities. • This is especially so for Italy and Germany, which had traditionally segmented into smaller states but finally united into centralized countries late in the 1800’s. • Germany was also rapidly industrializing under an autocratic, militaristic style of government. ABHISHEK

Imperialism •The Euros had been out colonizing all over the place. Inevitably, colonial interests abroad would start to conflict. And if there’s agitation among the colonies, so there will be among the parent countries and viceversa. ABHISHEK

Historical grievances •These factored in some too. France and Germany had warred in 1870 (FrancoPrussian War) and this was only 100 years after the Napoleonic Wars decimated Europe. ABHISHEK

“Whose side are you on?” “Depends. What day is it?” • There are also shifting alliances. There weren’t permanent friends in Europe. There were just countries aligning against whom they thought were common enemies. • Triple Alliance • Germany aligns with Italy and Austria-Hungary. • Triple Entente • To counter the T.A., and because Britain, which ruled the seas, didn’t like Germany’s sudden naval buildup and colonial ambitions, the British form this with France and Russia ABHISHEK (which was still czarist at the time).

The catalyst(begining) • What finally leads to war breaking out is the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand (and his wife) on June 28, 1914, by Gavrilo Princep. • Princep was part of the Black Hand, a Serbian nationalist group that didn’t like Austrian control. • They wanted Serbian independence and so wanted the Archduke of the controlling country dead. ABHISHEK

Franz’s wife, Sophie. Franz and Sophie arriving in Sarajevo ABHISHEK

Sophie was shot in the abdomen and Franz in the neck. They both die within 15 minutes. ABHISHEK

Princep, second from right, being arrested moments later. ABHISHEK

Austria moves to punish Serbia, Russia comes to the aid of Serbia, and then all those alliances engage as everybody declares war on everyone else in a tragic domino effect. ABHISHEK



Strategy • Germany started out the war using the Schlieffen Plan. • The idea was that German troops would hold the line along the French-German border while a mass of German troops would sweep up through neutral Holland and Belgium and down into France, thereby enveloping French forces and compelling them to surrender. • This was supposed to last about six weeks, at which point the German army would immediately be sent east to fight the Russians (they figured it would take about six weeks for the Russians to mobilize their army). ABHISHEK

America finally enters the war on April 2, 1917. • America was somewhat isolationist at this time and many Americans didn’t want to get involved in Europe’s war. But events unfold… • The Germans had been utilizing submarines (their U-boats) very effectively and were trying to cut off supplies to Britain. • They sink the British passenger ship Lusitania in May 7, 1915, killing 1,198, of which 128 were American citizens. • President Woodrow Wilson said to cut out that nonsense, but the Germans went back to it in 1917. ABHISHEK

AFTER WAR • Germany accepts sole responsibility for the war. All guilt and fault lie with it. • Reparations: Germany had to pay the Allies $33 billion in reparations over 30 years. That’s about $500 billion in today’s money and it was thought it would actually take Germany until 1984 to pay it all off. • Some economists don’t think Germany ever made any net reparations payments. They say that all the money Germany paid out was obtained by loans from America that were eventually defaulted ABHISHEK on in the 1930’s.

•Germany had severe restrictions on how big its army could be. It wasn’t allowed to make weapons or import them, couldn’t have an air force, and couldn’t have submarines. •Germany had to give up all of its colonies. •Germany was forced to give up European territory to the Allies. ABHISHEK

•It was a punishing peace and the Germans were absolutely humiliated by it. The implicit purpose of the Treaty was to cripple Germany so badly that it could never again be a threat. •This resentment continues and helps feed into the rise of the Nazis. •The reparations demands also hamper the German economy and helps lead into the depression. ABHISHEK TERRITORIES LOSSED BY GREMANY


Results of WWI: • It helped spread the flu. • There was a massive flu pandemic in 1918. American soldiers carried it to Europe and from Europe, it went everywhere else. It killed 20 to 40 million worldwide. • It spurred the Bolshevik Revolution, which we’ll talk about later. • It broke apart the Austrian-Hungarian Empire into various countries. • The Ottoman EmpireABHISHEK collapsed. Most parts





MISERABLE CONDITIONS IN THE TRENCHES FACED BY THE SOLDIERS. •Life in the trenches was typically terrible. •There were rats and lice, you could get dysentery, good water had to brought in, and waste extraction was an issue. •Because they could find themselves standing around in flooded trenches, some soldiers developed a condition called trench foot or trench rot. ABHISHEK



Note in these pictures how the vegetation has been destroyed and ABHISHEK trees just stripped of foliage by artillery and gunfire.

AWFUL EFFECTS ON THE MANKIND  It was during WWI that the term “shell shock” was coined. Most modern war memoirs describe that the most unnerving and maddening thing in battle is artillery detonations. ABHISHEK

 We now call this condition Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and it’s not gotten from just exploding shells (though that can play a significant role).  PTSD has almost assuredly been around ever since war has, but it started getting more attention during WWI. ABHISHEK




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