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World War I

The aftermath of World War I paved the way for the rise of dictators in Europe. The Treaty of Versailles that concluded World War I placed heavy reparations, or payments, on Germany that the...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2017 1:23 pm UTC

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When the United States began mobilizing for war in 1917, certain civil liberties were among the first casualties. There had been a lot of resistance to the idea of joining the conflict. With the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 6:05 am UTC

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As the preceding answer suggests, the phrase "war to end all wars" was first used by H.G. Wells. Wells, like many idealists of his time, hoped that the sheer destructiveness of the First World War,...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2017 3:10 am UTC

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The Western front was best characterized by trench warfare. The armies dug into the ground, both sides constructing elaborate trench networks. This caused them to reach a stalemate for most of the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2013 6:36 pm UTC

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Submarines were quite important in terms of diplomacy and the course of the war. Germany hoped to use submarines in order to choke Britain away from valuable supplies. Germany realized that its own...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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The main reason that neutrality was so hard to maintain during this time was that the United States was still trying to trade, first with both sides and then eventually only with the Allies. This...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2013 12:15 am UTC

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The role of socialism and communism in World War I was limited in that neither of these political systems had actually been implemented in governments of the period and they existed only as...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2016 5:57 pm UTC

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As previous posts have pointed out, one of the major reasons for the Allied victory was the U.S. entry into the war with the potential to bring to bear a huge population and a giant industrial base...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 9:02 pm UTC

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The alliance systems established as the Triple Entente and the Central Powers served to create an environment ready for war at the slightest provocation. The different sides held reservations and...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2017 12:06 pm UTC

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World War I helped to bring about Canadian autonomy because Britain needed Canada’s help in the war. Because Canada was so important to the war effort, it was able to push Great Britain to give it...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2012 1:17 am UTC

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The sinking of the Lusitania is remembered as one of the atrocities of World War I that killed a large number of American civilians. People often think that the sinking propelled the US into the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013 4:18 pm UTC

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The Western Front in World War I turned into a stalemate for two main reasons. First, the German Schlieffen Plan was not carried out well enough to overrun France before the French could get their...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2013 5:50 am UTC

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The period after WWI was a rather anxious time in political and cultural history. WWI demonstrated that mankind could still be quite barbaric despite being quite advanced in science and technology....

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018 5:15 pm UTC

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This is a huge question that can't be adequately dealt with short of a book length treatise, but an outline of a few of the effects of the war can be touched on. First, World War I was so obviously...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 7:28 pm UTC

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The most common answer to this is that the United States adopted a policy of isolationism in the years after World War I. However, this is not strictly correct. The true policy of isolationism...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 10:48 pm UTC

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The fundamental reason for the US entry into WWI was the fact that the US had strong economic connections to Britain. These were strong before the war and became stronger as the war went on and...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 5:22 pm UTC

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The stalemate in trench warfare was overcome in two main ways, one tactical and one strategic. Strategically, the stalemate was overcome because the Germans were losing confidence. First, there...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012 2:29 am UTC

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The U.S. government was quite biased against Germany during WWI. Early on in the war, the British navy cut the German transatlantic cable; this act made sure that only pro-Allied news concerning...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2017 6:41 am UTC

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The immediate cause of this escalation was the fact that there were webs of alliances between various countries. These alliances caused countries (some of which had worldwide empires) to jump into...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2013 5:38 pm UTC

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This is very difficult to answer precisely because the terms are not well-defined. Where, exactly, do we say the Eastern Front was? What do we do about countries like the Austro-Hungarian Empire...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 11:21 pm UTC

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Italy entered World War I because it wanted territorial gains. Italy had been allied with Germany and Austria-Hungary before the war, but it chose not to enter the war with them when it started....

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011 3:54 am UTC

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President Wilson wanted to emphasize the fact that the reasons for American involvement in World War I were different to those of the French and the British. He knew that a large section of...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019 10:24 am UTC

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For the United States, World War I can be seen as a progressive war because of the country’s reasons for entering the war and because of the war aims as set out by President Woodrow Wilson. The US...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2013 4:45 am UTC

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World War I was the first modern war. Chemical warfare and modern weapons were just some of the obstacles soldiers faced. The war in Europe also involved terrible weather and close combat. It...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2011 4:04 pm UTC

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Prior to the end of World War I, Woodrow Wilson spoke of the need for national self-determination as a guiding principle of any treaty that ended the war. This principle was included among his...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 9:03 pm UTC

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The reason for this is that the government of Austria-Hungary really wanted a war with Serbia. They did not really care what the truth was. Instead, they wanted a way to force Serbia to go to war...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2011 2:31 pm UTC

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I assume that you are talking about the Balkan Wars of the early 1910s and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. If so, the Balkan War led to the assassination because they inflamed...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011 11:11 pm UTC

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There is no way to objectively answer this question. Various countries of Europe were at fault to some degree and there is no way to really measure the degree of fault for any country. The most...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 2:45 pm UTC

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There were two main reasons why the Central Powers agreed to an armistice. These two reasons were the main factors behind their defeat. First, the Central Powers were in economic trouble. That...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2013 9:19 pm UTC

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The Knox-Porter Resolution was the law that officially ended the involvement of the United States in World War I. The US did not end up ratifying the Treaty of Versailles, which other countries...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2013 3:46 pm UTC

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There is an old cliché that says that the winners get to write the history. That is the major reason why the Treaty of Versailles mainly blamed Germany for World War I. Since Germany lost, its...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2013 1:15 am UTC

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World War I started in 1914. The United States did not take either side at that point. The US did not get involved in the war until 1917, when it entered the war on the side of the Allied...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2013 8:55 pm UTC

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Americans did not want to take sides in World War I for two reasons. First, they felt the war did not affect the United States. Second, while the US was an English-speaking nation, there were...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2013 4:56 pm UTC

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The book you will want to look at in order to cut through the welter of information is Barbara Tuchman's Pulitzer-prize-winning 1962 classic The Guns of August. This very readable book concentrates...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

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There were a number of events which propelled Europe into World War in 1914, beginning with a series of entangling (and often overlapping) alliances which were first instituted by Otto von Bismarck...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2011 1:04 am UTC

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A really large problem across Europe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries involved the dynamics inherent in what was called "the balance of power" politics that dominated European...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2017 5:17 am UTC

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The answer is that neither of these choices is correct. While this is a matter of opinion, I do not agree that our rights must never be violated. There are surely instances that can be imagined in...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2013 2:42 am UTC

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This is, of course, a question that cannot be answered objectively. There are many possible answers. I would argue that there are two answers that are better than others. First, the conduct of...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2013 12:18 am UTC

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For the most part, America’s participation in WWI was not an extension of Progressivism. There were some ways in which America’s reasons for going to war and its war aims reflected Progressivism....

Latest answer posted February 12, 2013 11:52 pm UTC

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The answer to this is, in many ways, a matter of opinion. My own view is that the sinking of the Lusitania was not an act of war against the United States. If it had been a clear-cut act of war...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013 8:56 pm UTC

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As pohnpei397 stated, this is largely a matter of personal opinion. I feel that, by the time the US entered the war, it was really the only option. For most of the war, the US was happy to stay out...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2013 6:07 am UTC

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The root causes of World War I extend well back into the nineteenth century. This answer will address the more immediate events, namely those in 1914. The event that sparked World War I was the...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2013 2:28 am UTC

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This is a great question. If you need to be creative, then I would say that you should pick a few themes on the life of a solider and creatively tease these out to make your points. Let me give you...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 7:22 am UTC

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What this letter tells us is that the war was (for this soldier at least) both a terrible thing and an amazing thing. We are well aware of how horrible the war in the trenches was. This letter...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2012 8:58 pm UTC

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In order to understand this, let us look at the most important aspects of the 14 Points. As we do so, we can lay out how each was related to the beginning of the war. No secret diplomacy. One...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2013 12:39 am UTC

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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was the spark that is credited with setting off World War I. The Archduke was the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. This was a...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2013 4:34 pm UTC

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Wilsonianism failed at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 because it was too idealistic to be accepted by the European powers. President Wilson went to the peace conference with the idea of...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 3:11 pm UTC

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The United States did not achieve its war goals. Its side did win the war, of course, but the US's vision for the world was not implemented after the war was over. The US's goal was not simply to...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2011 3:01 am UTC

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There are at least two good reasons why the entrance of the United States into the First World War helped turn its tide against the Central powers. The first is basic accounting. The United States...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018 4:33 am UTC

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The causes of World War I all came to a head with the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sofia in Sarajevo in August 1914. This single event set in motion a chain of events...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2013 1:31 am UTC

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