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Everywhere one looks you see sadness these days.  The other day on the train a woman sat counting the fingers on her hand.  One, two, three, four, five she said, then began the counting again.  She repeated herself over and over.  Some of us riding the car couldn't help but to start smiling at her.  Her husband then spoke in a soft voice.  Ladies and gentlemen, please don't laugh at my wife.  She has lost all five of her sons in battle defending our fine nation.  Now she is gone in the head and I am taking her to the asylum.

The Nations Involved in WWI

Between the Wars

Bismarck

Declaration of War (American)

Flanders Field

Gavrilo Princip

Kaiser Wilhelm II

Marne

Otto Dix

Passchendaele

Pershing

Sasson

Schlieffen Plan

Somme

Submarine

Verdun

Wilfred Owen, "Gas"

Woodrow Wilson

World War One Battles

Letters from the Front

Edward Luckart

Albert Smith

A Special Christmas Story

Christmas 1914

Music from World War One

Over There

Long Way To Tipperary

Pack Up Your Troubles

 

Tragic War And Futile Peace: World War I, Part 3

Date:        1992

Conclusion

 

     For more than four years, the science, wealth, and power of Europe had

been concentrated on the business of destruction. Germany's rapid economic

growth, military buildup, ambitious foreign policy, and inability to control

its Austro-Hungarian ally helped bring the normally competitive European

economic arena to a crisis in the summer of 1914. By violating Belgian

neutrality and declaring war on Russia and France, Germany stood clearly as

the aggressor in the First World War, a fact for which it was severely

punished in the Treaty of Versailles.

 

     When the victorious Allies gathered at Paris in 1919 to settle the peace,

they did not have the luxury of time, distance, and power the leaders at the

Congress of Vienna had enjoyed in 1815. The 1919 peacemakers had endured the

most destructive war in history. In this total war, psychological methods were

used to motivate all the people of each of the states to hate the enemy,

during and after the war. In these conditions, the treaty settled at

Versailles produced a mere break in the hostilities. Some observers have

referred to the period from 1914 to 1945 as the "New Thirty Years' War."

 

     With all that the Europeans shared, World War I was a conflict that need

never have been fought. The Europeans threw away the advantages they had

gained since 1815 and set in motion a series of disasters from which they did

not recover until the second half of the twentieth century.