The Origins Of The Great War

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Historians to this day are still debating the origins of the Great War, with WWI historiography going through many changes. Viewed as a fundamental turning point in global history, collapsing four empires in the process, it is not surprising to find that it is a fascination to both young and old still.
Arno J. Mayer argues the case that domestic issues sweeping across Europe affected its foreign policies and stances, cumulating in the First World War. In Britain Irish civil war was brewing due to the support Carson and the UVF had from civil and military leaders. Strikes threatened by the so-called ' 'Triple Alliance" of transport workers, miners and railway men allowed the rise of Labour to occur, highlighting the splits and decline of the Liberal party under Asquith. Furthermore in France, the issues of the three year draft and the progressive income tax had deepened the divide behind the left and the right. England and France were both facing a favouritism towards the politically two opposing extremes with the new alliances in France 's politics had ensured in cabinet instability.
In Italy, the Red Week of early June 1914 had left the Italian nationalists hostile to the left, leading to Italy being taken into a war in 1915 that little of the Italian population supported. In Germany, the "privileged preserve of conservative nationalists" in the Reichstag were under pressure from those who abhorred the Prussian three-class franchise. Mayer refers to Arthur Rosenberg 's…

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