1originsofthefirstworldwar

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Origins of the First World War April 12 th , 2010 I. Importance A. Shaped the 20 th century 1. Wrecked the state system as it was evolving a. Every state east of the Rhine River collapsed; still trying to figure it out B. Created conditions that last to this day C. Western Civilization seemed to commit suicide for no good reason D. WWII we fought “evil”, no such conception in WWI 1. No difference in political, social philosophy of part. states II. Facts A. Began August 1 st , 1914 and ended on November 11 th , 1918 B. Allies: France (1914), Britain, Russia, Serbia, Italy (1915), Romania (1916), USA (1917) and Greece (1917) C. Central Powers: Germany (1914), Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria (1915) D. No war like it before or since 1. Reason: trenches; trench warfare especially on the western front III. Trench warfare on the Western Front A. 400 miles across northern France, could walk from English channel to the Alps seeing only the sky B. Why was this a war of trenches? 1. Military technology had reached a point in 1914 where defensive weapons
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