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HIS 121. Chapter 4 War and Revolution. Four Major trends of the 19 th century that greatly affected the early 20 th century: Nationalism - a group of people of the same ethnic background, same history, and/or same culture should have their own nation-state

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his 121

HIS 121

Chapter 4

War and Revolution

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Four Major trends of the 19th century that greatly affected the early 20th century:

    • Nationalism - a group of people of the same ethnic background, same history, and/or same culture should have their own nation-state
    • Imperialism - taking over land that is already inhabited and organized
    • Militarism - the build-up of new weapons in Europe; new weapons from the Industrial Revolution
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Alliances - joining in a pact with other nations, not because you are friends, but because you all have similar fears; alliances are ever-changing; By the early 20th century there were 2 major alliances

    • Triple Entente: Great Britain, France, & Russia
    • Triple Alliance: Italy, Germany, & Austria-Hungary
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These 4 major trends of the 19th century would become the 4 major causes of the First World War, the War to End All Wars

crisis in the balkans 1908 1913
Crisis in the Balkans1908-1913
  • Austria-Hungary, a large empire on the European mainland, annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1908; A-H had been protecting them since 1878
  • This action angered Serbia because it, too, had wanted to annex Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Russia gave its support to Serbia
  • Tensions were growing
  • Russia finally backed down because their recent defeat by the Japanese in the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905, had left them weakened and feeling humiliated
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One crisis averted

  • A second crisis occurred
    • 1912 - Serbia, Montenegro, and Greece formed the Balkan League and defeated the Turks in the First Balkan War
    • A Second Balkan War broke out when the alliance couldn’t decide how to divide the spoils of war
    • 1913 - Greece, Serbia, Romania, and the Ottoman Empire defeated Bulgaria
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The two Balkan Wars increased the tensions in the area and in other areas of Europe; Ex.: Austria was suspicious of Serbia

  • Alliances reaffirmed their promise to help one another in a crisis
  • These tensions would finally explode during the summer of 1914
events leading to world war i
Events leading to World War I
  • 28 June 1914 -- Assassination of Austria-Hungary’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia while visiting Sarajevo, Bosnia. They were killed by a member of the Black Hand, GavriloPrincip
  • 23 July -- Ultimatum sent from Austria-Hungary to Serbia only because A-H had backing from Germany; unreasonable demands with a time limit attached; Serbian response was late
  • 28 July -- Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia ( only with German backing)
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30 July – Russia declared war on Austria-Hungary and Germany

  • By 4 August
    • Germany declared war on Russia and France and walked through neutral Belgium
    • France declared war on Germany
    • Britain declared war on Germany because it entered neutral Belgium
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Schlieffen Plan

    • German plan in case of a 2-front war
    • While one front is mobilizing, quickly take over the second front and concentrate on the first

It didn’t work out this way for the Germans. Germany had a 2-front war on its hands. The war quickly became a stalemate.

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Germans were stopped 20 miles from Paris

  • Both sides dug in; there were 2 lines of trenches from the English Channel to the border of Switzerland
  • This Western Front would remain virtually the same for 4 years
  • Italy changed sides in 1915
  • The Ottoman Empire joined with Germany in 1914
  • In the east, Russia had many defeats
  • The cost in lives for Russia: 2.5 million killed, captured, or wounded
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Serbia was defeated by Germany and Austria-Hungary in September 1915

  • The Great Slaughter
    • Brutal battles were fought to take a foot or two of land
      • In 10 months at Verdun (1916) 700,000 men lost their lives;1/3 of a million men were killed on each side
      • At the Battle of the Somme River (1916) ½ million were lost on each side; French won just a few feet
new weapons casualties
New Weapons /Casualties
  • New weapons caused these casualties
    • Airplane: initially used to count troops of the enemy; later used in some fighting but not very effectively
    • Poisonous Mustard Gas: devastating; wind shifts could blow the gas back on those who released it, so it wasn’t as effective as they thought it would be
    • Machine Gun: could mow down advancing troops who walked in the old infantry style; very effective
    • Tanks: developed by the British; armored vehicles that could drive through an enemy camp; at first not used effectively; that was corrected
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Submarines:Unterseeboots or U-boats; modern one designed by 2 Americans, John Holland and Simon Lake; offered design to U.S. Navy but were turned down; offered design to highest bidder: the Germans

  • Each u-boat was equipped with 19 torpedoes; made waters around Britain very dangerous
  • U-boats didn’t fight by the old rules of the sea; they were thought to be an immoral weapon because they used the element of surprise
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On 7 May 1915, Americans were affected by the German U-boat with the sinking of the Lusitania

    • 139 Americans died and a total of 1198 of 1959 passengers died
    • President Woodrow Wilson of the U.S. was quite upset because of the loss of innocent people and because the freedom of the seas had been violated
    • Americans were neutral
    • After a series of messages between Germany and the U.S., the Germans agreed to not attack passenger vessels
u s enters the war
U.S. Enters the War
  • The United States entered the war in 1917 because
    • freedom of the seas had been violated
    • innocent lives had been lost
    • commerce had been interrupted
    • shift in American sentiments
    • We were better prepared in 1917 to go to war
    • Zimmerman Telegram
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Zimmerman Telegram

    • said that Germany would finance a Mexican attack on the U.S. to keep the U.S. from entering the war in Europe on the French/British side
    • when Germany won, it would give back to Mexico all the territory the U.S. had taken from them
    • this was the last straw for the U.S.
war affected all people
War Affected All People
  • An increase in government powers
  • An increase in the size of government
  • The use of propaganda to manipulate public opinion
  • Women took over men’s jobs when men went off to war
  • Military draft imposed
  • Factories produced war products
  • Food rationing in some countries
  • Civil liberties were removed or threatened
  • Unemployment ended
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The influx of American troops in 1917 & in 1918 helped bring an end to the war

  • The Germans signed the Armistice on 11 November 1918, and the war was over
  • January, 1919 delegations from the 27 victorious allied nations gathered in Paris to write up the peace agreement of the war
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The peace conference was dominated by 3 leaders:

    • France -- Georges Clemenceau – wanted revenge
    • Britain – David Lloyd George – more or less agreed with France
    • United States -- Woodrow Wilson – wanted a just peace; 14 Points
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Italy played a less important role at the peace conference than it thought it should have

  • Germany wasn’t invited
  • The Treaty of Versailles, the peace agreement, was a compromise; Wilson sacrificed most of his 14 Points but got the League of Nations and self-determination of nations
  • Vengeful peace that would be a major cause for World War II
treaty of versailles
Treaty of Versailles
  • Signed on the 28 June 1919 by the new Weimar government in Germany because it felt it had no choice; Germans were starving
  • Terms:
    • German army limited to 100,000 men and they would have long enlistments
    • Could not have submarines or an air force (Luftwaffe)
    • Austria could not merge with Germany
    • Alsace-Lorraine went back to France and sections of Poland to a new Polish state
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New nations were formed from the former Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire

  • Germany had to pay for the entire cost of the war: reparations totaled 132 billion gold marks ($33 billion)
  • Rhineland was demilitarized
  • Germany was blamed entirely for the war and was left humiliated
  • All nations but the United States approved the treaty
results of the war
Results of the War
  • A weakened League of Nations because U.S. would not join
  • A communist Russia
  • Shaky S.E. Asia and Europe; there were new unstable nations
  • U.S. isolationism
  • Britain refused to help France in future conflicts
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France was alone with Germany on the continent

  • Germany was humiliated and resentful. They had trouble paying the reparations. They had a shaky economy with high inflation. This caused France to occupy the Ruhr Valley for 15 years to make sure Germany paid its debt
the russian revolution
The Russian Revolution
  • Russia finally joined the Industrial Revolution in the early 20th century and the working conditions were bad
  • Russian worker:
    • worked an 11 ½ hour day
    • lived in a shared hovel with 10 others
    • strikes were illegal
    • unions were illegal
    • had no contact with employer
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Marxism first appeared and began to take hold in Russia in the late 1880s

    • Vladimir Ulyanov Lenin
      • became a Marxist leader in Russia in 1890s
      • believed in revolution as a way to bring about change
      • wanted to inspire peasants to revolt

At a party conference in Brussels and in London in 1903, the majority of the delegates supported Lenin’s plan for a revolution, hence they were called Bolsheviks or majorityites. They were a majority only because those who disagreed chose not to attend.

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Tsar Nicholas II sent Lenin into exile for his ideas

  • As a result, the revolutionary movement in Russia was led by the Mensheviks or the minority
  • Conditions in Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:
    • very poor for the peasants who were 90% of the population
    • Russia lost their war with Japan 1904-1905
    • starving Russians approached the Tsar’s palace asking for bread and an 8-hour day; military fired on them
    • The result was Bloody Sunday or the First Russian Revolution, 1905
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the country went on strike

  • Tsar had to promise them a Duma, a parliamentary body, to get things back under his control
  • Duma really had little or no power
  • nothing had changed

Russia entered World War I hoping to unite its people; it did not.

Russia had some early victories, followed by many losses

Soldiers were poorly trained, poorly led, and poorly fed; many deserted or mutinied

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Peasants at home were starving

  • There were angry marches in the capital
  • Nicholas II refused to share his power
  • His troops joined the marchers
  • Nicholas knew it was over for him
  • He abdicated his throne in late February 1917
  • The Duma took charge under Alexander Kerensky
  • He and the Duma couldn’t stop the chaos
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Lenin believed it was time for his revolution and returned from exile in April 1917 with the help of Germany

  • Leon Trotsky and Lenin’s followers finally seized control in October 1917
  • Bolsheviks were then in power
  • Civil war immediately broke out -- the White Army (Tsar’s backers) vs. the Red Army (Lenin’s backers now called communists)
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Red Army ultimately won out and the communists established a proletariat dictatorship

  • The first thing Lenin did was to fulfill his agreement with Germany; he pulled Russia out of World War I and signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk in March 1918
    • This gave away nearly ¼ of Russia’s territory and 1/3 of the population, minerals, and factories to Germany
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Lenin could then concentrate on Russia

    • He established War Communism and then the NEP or New Economic Policy
    • In it he nationalized the banks and industry
    • He established universal education
    • He gave rights to women
    • He allowed some free enterprise

Russia was then renamed the USSR in 1922

By the time of Lenin’s death in 1924, the Communist Party was privileged, conformist, and bureaucratic.

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Lenin was succeeded by Joseph Stalin, a brutal leader

  • Communism is no longer in power, as of 1991
1920s
1920s
  • World War I had been so brutal that many Europeans and Americans worked to find a way to true peace
  • They thought they had found it with the Kellog-Briand Pact of 1928
  • The League of Nations also worked on disarmament
the great depression
The Great Depression
  • In the 1920s the economy in many countries appeared to be strong
  • Food and goods were being produced at a high rate
  • In World War I the United States produced enough food and materiel to supply the U.S. and European allies
  • In the 1920s we were producing at the same rate as in World War I even though Europe was producing its own goods again
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So we ended up with overproduction and underconsumption

  • This led to a glut, lay-offs, closed factories, and loans being called in
  • This shaky economy led to the crash of the stock market in October 1929 in New York
  • This crash affected other countries and colonies all over the world through loans, investments, and trade
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1932 was the worst year of the Depression

    • In Britain – 1 worker in 4 was unemployed
    • In Germany – 6 million workers or 40% were unemployed
    • Between 1929 and 1932 industrial production dropped 50% in the United States and 40% in Germany
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Governments were at a loss for what to do

    • Some countries turned to Marxism & Communism
    • Some tried to have a more active democracy, like in the United States with Franklin D. Roosevelt elected in 1932
    • Some turned to dictatorship
    • Some had mixed economies
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In the United States:

    • economist John Maynard Keynes recommended deficit spending to jump-start the economy
    • there were many government programs

The only thing that truly got the United States out of the Depression was the start of World War II

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In Germany:

    • the Weimar Republic was their new government
    • it had little support from the people
    • there was a shaky economy
    • in 1925 they got a new president who was a monarchist, a military man, and not in favor of a republic
    • There was some prosperity from 1924 to 1929; then came the crash
    • Depression, discontent, and fear allowed extremists like Adolf Hitler to rise to power by 1932
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Art
  • Disillusionment of the 1920s and 1930s led to an avant-garde movement in art
  • It was seen as a new way to view reality and deal with all the anxiety of the time
  • Dadaists:
    • wanted absolute freedom of expression
    • revolted against the past
    • showed the darker side of life
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Surrealists wanted to shock with dreamlike and violent pictures; ex: Salvadore Dali

  • Abstract artists showed a new view of reality
  • Bauhaus school of architecture produced high-rise towers of steel and glass
writers
Writers
  • James Joyce wrote streams of consciousness, inner monologues
  • Ernest Hemingway, Theodore Dreiser, and Sinclair Lewis told it like it was
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Hollywood films and radio shows were very popular -- escapist entertainment during a rough time

  • World War I, the 1920s, and the 1930s truly shattered the old and sent people searching for the new
  • During this period we also see the United States rise in importance in world affairs
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