World War One

Articles on the causes of World War One, its battles, and its outcomes

Articles on the causes of World War One, its battles, and its outcomes


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Battle of Tannenberg (1914)

The Battle of Tannenberg was the first major battle of World War One, fought between Germany and Russia, who surprised everyone with its fast mobilization. Germany planned to quickly fight a two-front war against France and Russia, knock France out of the war, then focus its resources on Russia. The…

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The Triple Alliance: The 1882 Agreement That Caused WW1

An impossibly complex web of alliances that maintained a fragile peace in Europe (and surprisingly held it together since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815) always threatened to unravel. Chief among them was the Triple Alliance of 1882 among Germany, Austro-Hungary, and Italy, in which each member agreed…

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Who Started WW1? The Background of the Great War

Since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, there had been several regional conflicts in Europe, but there had not been a general war (one that involved all of the major European powers). Between 1815 and 1914, the most powerful nations of Europe had coexisted in an arrangement called…

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British Blockade of Germany in WW1

The British Blockade of Germany, or the Blockade of Europe, occurred from 1914 to 1919. It led to Germany declaring waters surrounding Britain to be a war zone, which led to the sinking of a US vessel and the entrance of the United States into the War. British Blockade of…

How did the Treaty of Versailles Lead to WW2

How did the Treaty of Versailles Lead to WW2?

How did the treaty of Versailles lead to WW2? Continue reading to find the answers. How did the Treaty of Versailles Lead to WW2 The events surrounding the outbreak of World War I, the most terrifying and brutal conflict the world had ever seen, were so complicated and obscure that…

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Unrestricted Submarine Warfare in WW1

Unrestricted submarine warfare in WW1 was the practice of using submarines to attack and sink all forms of enemy shipping, whether they are military or civilian. Unrestricted Submarine Warfare in WW1 On February 4, 1915, the German government announced that it would retaliate against the "illegal" British blockade of German…

Sinking of the Lusitania

Sinking of the Lusitania

The sinking of the Lusitania on Friday, May 7, 1915 during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against the United Kingdom which had implemented a naval blockade of Germany. The sinking of the Lusitania: The Sussex pledge After the Lusitania disaster, the German government had privately decided…

Effects of the Sinking of the Luisitania

Effects of the Sinking of the Lusitania

The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on Friday, 7 May 1915 during the First World War. The effects of the sinking of the Lusitania were far-reaching, as it led to the entrance of the United States into World War One, and may have altered the entire…

Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points

Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points

In January 1918, Wilson issued what became known as his Fourteen Points, outlining the principles of world order that he believed should inform any peace settlement. Wilson spoke of a “peace without victory,” in which the victors would seek no unjust aggrandizement at the expense of the defeated nations. Among…

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Was the US Involvement in World War One a Mistake?

Most Americans are unclear about their country’s contribution to victory in World War I. They figure we entered the conflict too late to claim much credit, or maybe they think our intervention was discreditable. Some say we had no compelling national interest to enter the Great War; worse, our intervention…

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