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World Hist II Week 10 notes

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Week 10- the Great War
World History II- HIST1004
Dr. John McNay
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Date Created: 04/05/16
World Hist II Buckel Week 10 The Great War  Nationalism was prominent- people didn’t want a nation to be a gov’t or king, but a ruling by the people  Germany and Italy existed, but weren’t states, just nations of people Creation of Germany  Many German-speaking people lived in Europe, but weren’t connected by a state  Prussia- Northern Germany (“army with a state attached”)  Bismarck- Chancellor of Prussia- cold, calculating, powerful politician (“iron chancellor”) o Puts together his cold politics and the romantic idea of having a German state o Decides to declare war on Austria and wins (1871) o Austria realizes they couldn’t take their land back, and agree to peace terms o Difference between Bismarck and Hitler  Bismarck had a goal (to create a German state) and then stopped. Hitler wanted to take over Europe  2 bits of territory- Alsace & Lorraine- French thought the land was theirs, but many German speakers were there  French military is no competition for Prussian military, and hands Prussia Alsace and Lorraine (1872) Creation of Italy  Similar problem to Germany- nation of people, but not a state  Garibaldi (1866)- from southern Italy- launches war against the rest of Italy th  By 1871, there were two new European states that play a big role coming into the 20 century Tensions  Empire- Germany was disappointed they missed the window for an empire  Berlin Conference (1886-87)- meeting was held for how Africa was going to be divided (without going to war)  America and Germany agreed to split Samoa, which Germany loses to the US again in WWI  Britain claimed they had a larger navy than the next 2 put together  1890s- Germany is a huge industrial power- they were the world’s largest producers of steel (they could build a bigger navy than Britain but don’t) Naval Race  Wilhelm Kaiser- emperor of Germany (Prussian background) o A general Spark & War  The nature of the war put economies against each other- who has more weapons, soldiers, etc.- and a war to see which side lasted the longest  In the Austrian Empire, a Bosnian nationalist group wanted to be their own nation  Serbians were the most aggressive of the nationalist  Bosnian nationalist group, Black Hand  Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife go to Sarajevo as a parade-type visit  The Black Hand posted 3 terrorists along the parade route o The first one didn’t shoot o The second one threw a grenade, and missed o The third assassin (Gabriel Princip) kills both Ferdinand and his wife when they reached a dead end  Austrians were outraged, and blamed the Serbians instead of the Bosnians- they demand land and money- they threaten with a military attack to take the land  Serbians had Russia as an ally- Russia threatens Austria with defeat  Austria goes to Germany for help- the Kaiser supports the Austrians with lots of money  Both countries prepare for war- Germany reminds Russia of the war treaty they had with Austria, and so Germany gets ready for war on Russia to help the Austrians  The French start to get ready for war because they see the Germans getting ready- Britain is committed to France through their alliance, so they send some soldiers into France o Britain was worried that Belgium would no longer be neutral if Germany attacked France  July Crisis- all of these countries were preparing for war in July  In August, Germany goes through with the Schlieffen Plan- surprisingly, Belgium resists  The French launched Plan 17, but made no progress. They recognize that the Germans wanted to surround them and take Paris  French advance forward and then realize they’re right behind the Germans and attack at the Battle of Marne  Both sides dig trenches from the ocean to the Alps- this goes on for 4 years  1916- war has gone on for two years o Verdun- ancient French city, very important historically  during the battle of the Somme, Germans wanted to attack and take Verdun, making the French pour in to take the city back – millions of casualties for both sides  President Wilson wanted to stay neutral and keep the US out of the battle  In 1917, Russia become the Soviet Union  The US agreed to trade with both sides, but we only really traded with the British and French because the British blocked trade with Germans  Germans had poured in so much money for the war and was deeply in debt to the US  The British were using passenger ships (such as the Lusitania) to smuggle weapons to Europe o About a thousand passengers, including some Americans, died when the ship was blown up by the Germans  In 1917, Woodrow Wilson asks congress for a declaration of war, and gets it.  The US was important in WWI for what it represented- the Europeans who had fought for years (wealth and supplies)- and not necessarily how it fought Ireland  In 1916, they decide to attack British control of Ireland because they saw that Britain was involved in the war Background  Shamrocks represented the Holy Trinity o The 4-leaf clover is often confused with the shamrock  The Irish were resistant to the British and in the 1500s, Queen Elizabeth manages a way to sail through the different religious groups o She makes a deal with the radical Scottish Calvinist Protestants and says that they wouldn’t be arrested if they moved to northern Ireland, where people were Catholic  After England’s civil war, the king makes his way to Ireland to take over  In 1690, the Battle of the Boyne- catholic king gets allies in Ireland, but lose to the British 700 years of conflict  A series of “risings” kept occurring in Ireland  The Year of the French (1798)- (during the French revolution) the French decide to send an army to Ireland to have the Irish help them attack Britain, but there isn’t a very big turnout  the British show up, the French surrender, and the Irish are slaughtered  Penal Laws- laws to discriminate against the Irish Catholics o Catholics couldn’t own land, go to university, marry a protestant unless they convert, can’t be a doctor, lawyer, etc.  Daniel O’Connell- starts the big campaign for the emancipation of the Irish “Great Emancipator”  Once the Irish can become lawyers, they could use the British law against the British  Irish agreed to stay a part of Britain, but to rule themselves o Charles Stewart Parnell- (“uncrowned king of Ireland”)- gets into a romantic relationship with a married woman- priests turn on him and condemn him for this relationship and he loses his power The Great War  The Easter Rising- group called Sinn Fein was one of the leaders of the rising o The Irish people didn’t want much trouble and the rebellion was crushed within a few days o The Irish people scorned the Sinn Fein, thinking they were foolish, but not bad people o The British decide to execute 13 of the members that they captured (ranging in age from 18-73)  Violence breaks out all over Ireland Partition of Northern Ireland  WWI was almost over, but Britain said when it did end, they’d bring war to Ireland and take over  The Irish wanted to make a deal with the British to be a free state  As Ireland is split, the Irish fight among themselves between people who wanted the treaty and those who didn’t  First president of free Ireland was from the US (de Valera), born to an Irish mother  The Irish became a republic, as it is known today  The Irish Republican Army, from the early 70s to 1996, is continually fighting (between Catholics and Protestants) Clinton and Intervention  Clinton tried hard in his presidency to make peace in the middle east, which was a “new issue” to people, compared to the hundreds of years that the Irish were fighting  The US had always said they were neutral to the conflict in Northern Ireland  Clinton has put the British and Irish on equal terms and they have to negotiate fairly


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