9.4 - WWI(1914-1918 Crime Of The Century Why is WWI...

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9/4/07 WWI (1914-1918)- Crime Of The Century? Why is WWI Important? -1 st “modern” war -supposed to be the “Great Lesson” -Unsought War -all sides thought the war would be: -short -glorious -successful Background Info -followed the “100 Year’s Peace” -Spanned end of the Napoleonic Era to the rumblings of WWI -Era of British Dominance, both economic and naval -period of European prosperity -Politics and Crises at the turn of the century -Collapse of the Ottoman Empire -creates a power vacuum -Austria-Hungary is a waning empire and feeling vulnerable -Rise of Nationalism -especially evident in the Slavic groups within A-H -Rise of Germany -economic and military might -threatens France and Russia -budding naval strength -threatens England -By the end of the century -big changes in military tactics -increase in land power vs. sea power -Boor War -weakness of British military -Franco-Prussian War -weakness of French state -Russo-Japanese War -1 st Asian power triumph over European power -scramble for Africa
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