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By Ph.D. Alan Axelrod

For background buffs, scholars, and an individual drawn to the 20 th century, this e-book unearths why global battle i started, explores the "guns of August," describes the horrors of trench battle and the 1st makes use of of poison gasoline, and explains why the american citizens have been so sluggish to go into the battle. From the japanese entrance to the west, from Gallipoli to the Marne, from the Lafayette Escadrillo to Lawrence fo Arabia, the booklet tells the full tale of "the warfare to finish all wars."

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Their precarious positions made these monarchs desperate. Russia would go to war to gain prestige in a hopeless bid to bolster the Romanov dynasty, to gain territory at the expense of yet another tottering empire (Turkey), and to attempt to claim or reclaim its position as defender of the Slavic world. ” Additionally, the heir apparent to the AustroHungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, hoped to add a Slavic kingdom to what would become his realm, transforming the Dual Monarchy into a triple one.

How Did It Start? The Swiss historian Jean Jacques Babel has estimated that 5,500 years of recorded history present a meager total of 292 years without armed conflict somewhere on the planet. So, to say that the years immediately preceding the outbreak of World War I were peaceful is very much a relative statement. True, there had been wars: In 1905, Russia and Japan went to war over territorial matters. In 1911, Italy declared war on Turkey and carved out Libya from the Ottoman Empire’s African holdings.

That second war was, in the truest sense possible, a struggle of good against evil—an evil, moreover, dramatically personified in such figures as Hitler of Germany, Mussolini of Italy, and Tojo of Japan. The causes of World War I, as we will see, are not terribly complex, but they are far more difficult to comprehend. So, for us at the start of the twenty-first century, the war that opened the twentieth century is a strangely shadowy conflict. Yet, without it, there would have been no second world war.

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