By David Stevenson
In the summertime of 1914 Europe exploded right into a frenzy of mass violence. The battle that had international repercussions, destroying 4 empires and costing hundreds of thousands of lives. Even the effective international locations have been scarred for a iteration, and we nonetheless this day stay in the conflict's shadow. during this significant new research, released a few 90 years after the 1st international warfare all started, David Stevenson re-examines the explanations, path and influence of this 'war to finish war', putting it within the context of its period and exposing its underlying dynamics. His ebook offers a wide-ranging overseas historical past, drawing on insights from the newest examine. It deals compelling solutions to the foremost questions about how this poor fight opened up: questions that stay disturbingly suitable for our personal time.
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Extra info for 1914-1918: The History of the First World War
1 In September, the USSR sent a note to the Western powers calling for a four-power commission to prepare a German peace treaty. East Grerman officials spoke of the need to normalise the situation in Berlin and, by October, the East German leader, Walter Ulbricht, was arguing that 'All of Berlin lies in the 33 J. P. S. Gearson, Harold Macmillan and the Berlin Wall Crisis, 1958-62 © John P. S. 2 On 10 November, Khrushchev involved himself by calling for the removal of foreign troops from West Berlin during a friendship meeting at Poland's Moscow embassy: The time has evidently come...
East Grerman officials spoke of the need to normalise the situation in Berlin and, by October, the East German leader, Walter Ulbricht, was arguing that 'All of Berlin lies in the 33 J. P. S. Gearson, Harold Macmillan and the Berlin Wall Crisis, 1958-62 © John P. S. 2 On 10 November, Khrushchev involved himself by calling for the removal of foreign troops from West Berlin during a friendship meeting at Poland's Moscow embassy: The time has evidently come... for the powers which signed the Potsdam agreement to give up the remnants of the occupation regime in Berlin and thus make it possible to create a normal atmosphere in the capital of the German Democratic Republic.
In his speech Khrushchev had referred to violations of the Potsdam Agreement, but this was irrelevant since Western rights derived from the unconditional surrender of Germany and the Quadripartite Agreements of September 1944 and May 1945, not from Potsdam. 8 Soviet motives in raising the Berlin issue, precipitating the 'deadline crisis' as it came to be called, remain unclear. 9 The mood changed somewhat as the USSR's strategic advantage proved illusory and the rift with the People's Republic of China (PRC) emerged.
1914-1918: The History of the First World War by David Stevenson