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World History II Week 9 Notes

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World History II Week 9 Notes HIST 1020

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World History 2
Tiffany Sippial
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Date Created: 03/27/16
Without Mercy: Total War War of Attrition  2 parties attack one another to get reaction/movement  Traumatic experience  Sir John French o Says naïve not to realize what would happen o Not the war they were expecting Rats and Fleas  Experience in the trenches was horrifying  Extremely loud, packed together  Diaries, letters, images o Talking about rats and fleas o Different from what is expected  Huge misery of the young volunteers  Physical Impacts o Horrific injuries o Shells, tanks, gas and chemicals The birth of Chemical Warfare: Poison Gas  Mustard and chlorine  Second Battle of Ypres (1915) o Germans release 168 tons chlorine gas  France 1 to use gas  Germany most notorious for using it (invested lots)  Problems o Can be blown by the wind (goes to people nearby = civilians) o People are constantly trying to catch up to the technology o Effects moist exposed tissue  Severe burns, blindness o Primary areas affected  Lungs, armpits, eyes Trench Boots and flooding  Standard issued boots were for opposite terrain o Dry, marching o Reality = wat, muddy, squatting  People’s feet starts to rot from never being dry / no antibiotics until 1943 o Amputation if get gangrene or trench foot  Shelling to face or other body parts o Severe disfigurement and the start of early plastic surgery o Helen Smith  Writer of Not so Quiet  Drives emergency vehicle in war Psychological Effects of Industrialized War  Shell shock/ War Neurosis o Modern day PTSD o Soldiers face with a lot of judgement and blame  Not real men o Caused severe trembling  Dancing condition  Result from constant shelling Christmas Truce of 1914  Ypres, Belgium  Last moment of innocence  Occurred Christmas eve  British and German soldier without permission from leader call truce o Celebrate o Decorate trees o Feast  Show humanity of the people War of Illusions  How much longer  Battle of Somme (1916) o 1 million casualties only 25 square miles gained  Battle of Passchendaele (1917) o Small territorial gain with tremendous casualties o Impact  Normal city  After: city completely obliterated Mobilizing a Nation for War  Great Britain, Germany and France  Propaganda o Used to help motivate people to stay in the war o What can those who aren’t fighting do to help o Use women and children in them  Pull at heart strings o Encourage women to be ambulance drivers/nurses o Contribution to war effort  Sewing clothes  Bedding for soldiers  Remarque (German, 1898) o Wrote All Quiet on the Western Front o Shows the disillusionment they felt as soldiers and the horrid journey o Soldiers wanted a strong German future and honor  Women take jobs that men had before the war o Factories o Making bongs and explosives o Girl with the yellow hands / canaries  Sulfur exposure  Lead to infertility  Celebrated by those who see them because of their (sacrifice) Purchase War Bonds  Help generate funds to military operations  Duty to purchase them o Seen as anti-citizen if didn’t purchase  Guard against extravagances o Free up goods that can be sent to soldiers o Meatless and wheat less meals  Save for soldiers  Victory Gardens o Small plots or pots to grow own produce o Be producer also not just consumer o Do your bit in the war effort U.S. as Economic Engine of the War  1914 = $800 million  1916 = $3 billion  1917 = Entente powers own U.S. $2 billion  In part entered the war to end the increasing amounts Sinking of the Lusitania by German U-bots in 1915  128 U.S. passengers  A factor in shifting US thinking about the war  President Wilson runs in 1916 o Wins with slogan promise to keep out of war  Sinking of Sussex  Wilson wants to use diplomacy to affect change o Response from Germany is to end diplomatic relations with U.S. Zimmerman Telegram  24 February 1917  Sent by German fore-minister to German minister in Mexico  If side with Germany in war o Financial reward o Facilitate annexation of Southern U.S. (Texas, New Mexico, etc.) U.S. Enters War as “Associated Power”  April 6, 1917  Wilson approaches to make it about big ideas o Matters long term  War to end all wars o Last great war  Spread values of Democracy/Capitalism o Globally  Reform World Politics  U.S. as template o Associated = embrace isolationism legacy  War Vote o 375 to 50 (House) o 82 to 6 (Congress) Will the U.S. be ready for war?  Not ready militarily  need to grow military  April 1917: 127,588 active U.S. Troops (AEF)  May 1917: Selective Service Act (21-30 yrs.) o Requirement o Making of modern military  Nov. 1918: 3,685,458 troops (+17X)  General John Pershing Harlem Hellfighters  Initial concerns about arming African-Americans  Assigned to segregated units & menial labor  42,000 see action in Europe  369th Infantry Regiment: o 191 days in the trenches o Received more medals than any other U.S. unit  Provide service even though denied basic rights of full citizenship Eastern Front  1000 miles long o Twice as long as Western  No solid trench system  Lower troop density o Have to be spread out  War of Maneuver Trouble for the Russian Empire  Huge Army + Poor Infrastructure o Need more materials  Military Mutinies (1916-17)  Acute Food Shortages + Riots  Tzar Nicholas II Abdicates Throne (March 1917)  Provisional Government = CHAOS  REVOLUTION INEVITABLE o No support, unstable, issue on home-front The Russian/Bolshevik Revolution  November 1917  Vladimir Lenin o Discontentment from soldiers and civilians o Committed to class struggle and global revolution of workers  Marx/Engels = change via conflict  Applied the language to war o WWI = Bourgeois War fought by peasants and workers o Only want bread, land, and peace  Resonate across all people The Fourteen Points: Wilson’s response to Lenin  January 1918  Lenin is a problem and Russia is supposed to be holding down the eastern front for the Entente powers  Wilson trying to cast war as more than Proletariat vs. Bourgeois o Looking ahead; vision for the future; wants to make everyone happy  Abolish secret treaties  Disarmament to minimum level  Decolonization/Self-Determination  Return Alsace-Lorraine to France  Dissolve Austro-Hungarian Empire  Balkan states de-occupied  League of Nations o Form a global body to secure collective security Russian Pulls out of WWI  Treaty of Best-Litovsk, March 1918 o Signed with Germany o Territory lost to Germany  Baltic States: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia  Finland  Poland o Plunged into Civil War  2.8 – 6 million casualties  More lives lost than in WWI o Germany can now move all troops to Western Front Last Window of Opportunity: Final German Push 1918  U.S. troops tip the balance toward the Allies o 10,000 fresh soldiers sent to France every day o 2nd Battle of Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne  German populace HUNGRY + LOW MORALE o Rationing= 1,000 calories/day o TIRED OF WAR  Germany forced to face punishing armistice effective o November 11, 1918 o 11 month, day, hour  2 minute silence o Come together to reflect over war that has lost many resources, money, and people Architects of Peace at Versailles 1919 o Outside of Paris; only the winners met o The Big Four o David Lloyd George: Great Britain o Vittorio Orlando: Italy o Georges Clemenceau: France o Woodrow Wilson: U.S. o Cling to the reason they enter the war Treaty of Versailles 1919 o League of Nations Created o Irony=U.S. never joins o German disarmament o No submarines, naval aircraft, or tanks o Volunteer Army only (100,000 men) o Allow them to be defensive but not offensive o Germany to Pay Reparations o $13 billion (amount set later) o Loss of German Territory o Return Alsace-Lorraine to France o Redraw map of Europe  Focus on decolonization and breaking up empires Article 231 o Part of the Treaty of Versailles o Known as the war guilt clause o Assigning moral responsibility for the war to Germany o Hitler uses this to mobilize troops later Uncertainty and Anxiety o Trying to process psychological and emotional impacts of the war o Jobs that were abandoned were taken over by women o Different for the US because less casualties and less time in the war o Lead to roaring 20s Stages of Economic Crisis  Enthusiastic post-war spending! o Housing, Automobiles, Durable goods (appliances) o Money is flowing, returning soldiers encouraged to buy homes and live American dream  Widespread investment in stock market o 1920s: 9 million Americans invest via borrowed money/credit o Civic duty to invest in country’s future  Spending Peaks and Levels Off o Demand drops as people acquire things o Housing market slackens o Automobile demand plateaus o Glut of durable goods sitting in warehouses  Large-scale worker lay-offs because no need o NO INCOME! NO SPENDING! o Market takes major hit  Sell stocks to recoup money & repay loans  Total value of stock market plummets Crash of October/November 1929  Official crisis  Market crash  Leads to Great Depression o $87 billion  $30 billion o Unemployment o Looking for help/ hope o Suicide rates jumped A global Economic Crisis  U.S. loans to pay reparations (Dawes Plan, 1924)  Germany  Reparations to France and Great Britain  War debt to U.S.  back to U.S.  U.S. calls in foreign debt to stabilize economy = crisis when Market crash  1932: Height of German employment and important in Hitler’s rise to power Why Fascism?  Operates in Crisis Situation: promises quick solutions o Fix it now  Nationalistic & State-Centric o State can and will reach into every part of life o “The nation above all else” o State acts as supervisory force to reorganize society (private + public)  Emphasize Role of Leader (Hitler, Mussolini)  Support for Military as Stabilizing Force o Problem (disbarment policy in Treaty of Versailles)  Anti-Communist: no class struggle (divisive) o Anything that highlights people are different = bad  Family Stability=National Stability o Ideal of domesticity/”separate spheres” (reduces male unemployment) o Pro-natalist Policies  Only certain people encouraged to have lots of babies  Propaganda as Important Tool of the State o Powerful weapon of war o State machine creation  Elitist + Exclusionary o Believe in “destiny” of superior group (Aryan race, Social Darwinism) o Primary captains for future of human race Why Hitler?  Hitler = Austrian o Gives something to blame and has vision of themselves for future  Blame Weimar Government: o Used world financial crisis to show ineptitude of republican institutions of Weimar Republic (1919-1933)  Blame Entente Powers o Articulated deep anger about Article 231 of Versailles Treaty (“war guilt clause”) o Emotional hook, tap into resentment  Blame Capitalism/Jews (Anti-Semitism): o blame Jews for financial crisis due to association with banking o claim Jews represent worst aspects of capitalist system o Vision of domination by master “Aryan” race o Lock racial agenda with economic one  Believe in New Germany o “The German people” (not class terms) o New German Man and Woman can arise


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