ISS 2.4.08 - World War I: Causes and Consequences I. The...

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World War I: Causes and Consequences I. The lessons of Bismark’s Wars (aka misconceptions) a. War is short, inexpensive way to attain foreign policy objectives i. Previous wars lasted around seven weeks ii. Relatively little human life lost 1. technology and weapon systems in 19 th century did not kill as many people iii. war was thought as, by European political leaders, a way to settle problems 1. ex. can’t negotiate boundary…just take it. b. War will not disrupt economic and political life of nation i. German Kaiser said on eve of WWI—you will be back before the leaves fall from the trees (began in August) ii. Industry and agriculture remain undisturbed c. Side that strikes first with best weapons will win i. USSR was most backward nation in Europe—Bolshevik took over and created communist government II. Europe’s attitude of likelihood of war in August, 1914 a. Myth of socialist solidarity i. Working class men and women would never fight a war—would stay true to their working class origins (Marxists)
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ISS 325 taught by Professor Malloy during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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ISS 2.4.08 - World War I: Causes and Consequences I. The...

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