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The First World War (Part 6: The League Of Nations)

THE  LEAGUE OF NATIONS The Origins Of League The League is often spoken of as being the brainchild of the American President Woodrow Wilson.  Although  Wilson  was  certainly  a  great supporter of the  idea  of  an international organization for  peace,  the  League  was  the  result  of a coming together  of similar sugges­tions  made  during  the  […]

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The First World War (Part 3: Causes Of The First World War)

CAUSES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR It is difficult to analyse why the assassination in Sarajevo developed into a world war. Some  blame  Austria  for  being  the  first  aggressor  by declaring war on  Serbia; some blame the Russians because they were the first to order full mobilization;  some  blame  Germany for supporting  Austria,  and  others  […]

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The First World War (Part 2: Events Leading To The Outbreak Of War)

EVENTS  LEADING  UP  TO THE  OUTBREAK OF WAR Time  chart of main events Europe divides into  two  armed  camps: 1882  Triple Alliance of  Germany, Austria-Hungary and  Italy 1894  France and Russia sign alliance 1904  Britain and  France sign  ‘Entente  Cordiale’  (friendly  ‘getting-together’) 1907  Britain and Russia sign agreement. Other important events: 1897: Admiral Tirpitz’s Navy  […]

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The First World War (Part 1: The World In 1914)

THE WORLD IN 1914 (a) Europe still dominated the  rest  of the  world in  1914 Most  of  the  decisions  which  shaped  the  fate  of  the  world  were  taken  in  the  capitals  of Europe.  Germany was the  leading power in  Europe both militarily and economically.  She had  overtaken  Britain  in  the  production  of  pig-iron  and  steel,  […]

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