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  • World War I“The Great War” 1914-1918
  • Key Questions What impact did rising nationalism and imperialism have on the outbreak of WWI? Why did Bismarck’s alliance system fail? Why did WWI become a stalemate and war attrition? How did the European nations mobilize for war? What impact did the war have on the civilian population? How did the Treaty of Versailles lead to WWII?
  • Long Range Causes Prelude to war
  • Nationalism- Post 1848 The unification of Germany and Italy changed the balance of power in Europe Growing sense of national identify, pride, ambition, and loyalty Nationalistic tensions in the Balkans increased tensions with the Austro- Hungarian Empire The French loss of the Alsace and Lorraine region (Franco-Prussian War) to Germany increased tensions between France and Germany
  • Militarism Industrialization was put to work building up military capabilities- militarism Growth of peace time armies  with conscription –the draft Military competition among the European powers intensified New military technologies  Machine guns, chemical warfare, planes, large shell guns, tanks, battle ships, submarines
  • Imperialism European nations competed with one another to by creating colonies Asia, Africa, Middle East, North Africa  Territorial expansion was seen as an expression of power  Colonies were seen as sources of raw materials for industry and business at home  Trade and expansion of markets would create new wealth for the homeland  Political influence would grow with the expansion of colonies (empire building)
  • Industrialization and Urbanization Industrialization gave rise to increased urbanization in Europe Millions of Europeans moved into its cities in search of a better life Many Europeans, however, felt increasingly isolated and disenfranchised as the gap between the “haves and the have nots” widened
  • Rising Socialism moderate  Jean Jaures socialists sought  French Socialist social and  Respected voice of moderation and peace economic reform to promote peace and a better life for Europe’s growing working class
  • Radical Socialism radical and  Vladimir Lenin revolutionary socialists promoted revolution in (Marxists) promoted Russia drastic reform and violent revolution Many European governments feared the rise radical socialism
  • Radical Socialism in Germany Rosa Luxemburg Murdered for her revolutionary views
  • The Alliance System A system of international alliances was initiated by Bismarck in the 1870’s  Germany was concerned about growing tensions and unrest Bismarck wanted to secure the balance of power and secure peace in Europe (Germany)  deter a “war of revenge” after the German defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War- 1871 Secret alliances were made which created distrust and paranoia among the various European powers The obligation of alliances would also draw all of the European powers into war
  • By 1914 Europe was divided into two rival camps
  • The Triple Alliance The Central Powers of WWI Germany Austria-Hungary ItalyBulgaria and Turkey (the Ottomans) would later join to make up the Central Powers during WWI
  • The Triple Entente The Allied Powers WWI Britain France Russia  Russia withdrew from the war in 1917 due to devastating losses and increasing political unrest at home-  Russian RevolutionAllied Powers of WWI
  • The “Spark”“Some damn foolish thing in the Balkans”…… Otto von Bismarck’s prophetic statement
  • Trouble in the Balkans In 1908 Austria annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina This angered the independent state of Serbia 1912 Serbia wanted to expand into territory held by the Ottoman Turks In July of 1914, the Austrian Archduke and his wife were assassinated during a state visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina  Assassinated by Serbian nationalists War between Serbia and Austria resulted
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo right before the assassination
  • The Funeral of the Archduke
  • Austrian reprisals against Serbian nationalists for the assassination
  • WW I Begins: August 1914 Austria declared war on Serbia in August of 1914 Germany supported Austria in its war effort Russia ordered a mobilization against Austria and Germany in support of Serbia Germany invaded Belgium and France Britain joined the war in support of France – declared war on Germany
  • WW I Alliances
  • A small conflict became an international world war German aggression was a reflection of the failure of Bismarck’s alliance system Some leaders in Germany may have seen war as a way of building German nationalism and unity at home in the face of growing political tensions and rising socialism Nationalism built up a “war fever” and created a romantic notion of war, national honor, and self- sacrifice
  • WWI Postcard - Central Powers
  • The Schlieffen PlanGermany’s plan to invade France through Belgium
  • Russia pulled out of the war in 1917 as it struggled with a revolution at home
  • Major Battles of WWI Battle of the Marne Verdun The Somme Most of the major battles were fought in France and Belgium
  • The war would continue for four long years
  • Ultimately WW I became a warof attrition and stalemate with no real gains on either side
  • “I am staring at a sunlit picture of Hell.” British poet Siegfried Sassoon
  • German painter Otto Dix images of war
  • The Trenches
  • New Weapons and Technologies
  • War Propaganda
  • Injuries
  • “Grieving Parents” by German artist Kathe Kolliwitz WWI Cemetery
  • War’s End Germany began to experience military losses  (the United States had entered the war in 1917) Many in Germany called for an end to the war Food shortages and labor issues plagued much of Europe Revolution broke out in Germany as many demonstrated for peace November 11, 1918 - the war ended as Germany accepted the terms of surrender
  • The Treaty of Versailles would establish the post war terms andlay the ground work for a second conflict in the 1930’s