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World War I Colonial Competition Some countries felt left out Asia –Opium wars –Boxer rebellion Africa –European colonies –Rules of colonization made.

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2 World War I

3 Colonial Competition Some countries felt left out Asia –Opium wars –Boxer rebellion Africa –European colonies –Rules of colonization made



6 Balkan Chaos

7 Outbreak of War Balkan trigger –Serbs revolt/backed by Russians –Austria suppressed Serbs –Serbian killed Austrian heir War (domino effect) –Austria declared war on Serbia –Russia declared war on Austria –Germany joined with Austria –France and Britain declared war on Austria and Germany Archduke Ferdinand on day of assassination

8 Alliances and Strategies Balance of power in Europe Britain – maintain continental balance and UK sea superiority France – confine Germany Russia – expand if possible Germany – never fight on two fronts (West first and then East) Austria – hold everything together Italy – try to solidify your own territory Ottoman Turks – survive

9 Conduct of War German attack in the West French counter-attack but are pushed back Russian speed of mobilization surprised Germans so Germany was forced to move some troops to the Eastern front Stagnation and trench warfare in the West All Quiet on The Western Front

10 Trench Warfare Technology superior to tactics –Machine gun versus a human charge through "No man's land" –New technology = poison gas, airplanes Very high death rates –Battle of the Somme = 600,000 allied and 500,000 German dead for 125 miles of land –Battle of Verdun = 700,000 killed on both sides with no gain in territory

11 Trench Warfare From Erich Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front "We see men living with their skulls blown open; we see soldiers run with their two feet cut off… Still the little piece of convulsed earth in which we lie is held. We have yielded no more than a few hundred yards of it as a prize to the enemy. But on every yard there lies a dead man." Horrors of the war

12 Russian Revolution Unhappiness with the war among the Russian people –Germany/Austria beating Russians Changes in government –Lenin transported –Mensheviks (moderates) victorious Bolshevik counter revolution Russia withdraws from war –Germany ready to have a single front war

13 Wider Involvement Ottomans entered war in 1915 on side of the Central Powers –Wanted to acquire Russian territory –Turkey slaughtered millions of Armenians to get their land –Britain wanted to protect trade routes to India Arabs promised their own country if they would join with Britain against the Ottomans


15 United States War at sea initiated US involvement –Americans initially supplied both the Allies and the Central Powers –Blockade brought sinking of US ships –Germans killed 1000 Americans –Americans entered the war on side of the Allies Tipped the balance in trench warfare –General Jack Pershing

16 End of the War Battle of Argonne broke German morale Versailles Peace Treaty –70 nationalities –Woodrow Wilson (League of Nations) –Britain and France desires Fence Germany in Reparations Mandates over other territories –Division of German colonies –German reaction Too harsh Felt justified in the war –Seeds of WWII planted

17 Middle East Balfour Declaration November 2nd, 1917 Dear Lord Rothschild, I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet. "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non- Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country." I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation. Yours sincerely, Arthur James Balfour [Foreign Secretary]


19 "'Who did this to us?' is of course a common human response when things are going badly, and there have been indeed many in the Middle East, past and present, who have asked this question. They found several different answers." [1]The Mongols [2]Nationalism [3]The Turks [4]Western imperialism [5]The Jews [6]Fate which gave progress to the West at the beginning of the Modern Era [7]Islam itself (but this is very dangerous) [8]Abandonment of divine heritage [9]Islamic fanatics [10]Lack of separation of Islam from civil society [11]Muslim sexism [12]Geography (desert) and accompanying social ills [13]Dictatorial governments [14]Lack of freedom of the mind and other basic liberties – Adapted from Lewis, Bernard, What Went Wrong?, Perrenial, 2002, p. 152- 160.

20 "The problem [with Islamic progress] was not, as was once argued, one of decline. The Ottoman state and armed forces were as effective as they had ever been, in traditional terms. In this as in much else, it was European invention and experiment that changed the balance of power between the two sides." – Lewis, Bernard, What Went Wrong?, Perennial, 2002, p. 20.

21 “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past.”

22 Alliances Balance of European powers The Triple Alliance –Germany, Austria The Triple Entente—Britain, France, Russia Compare to NATO and Warsaw pacts

23 Thank You

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