Was Britain’s involvement in the First World War a vital crusade to prevent an oppressive German-dominated Europe? Or a mistake which brought Communism to power in Russia and left a festering sense of resentment that would fuel the rise of Nazism? Intelligence Squared.com hosts this and other important historical debates. For details, go to https://www.intelligencesquared.com/events/britain-first-world-war/
Who Started World War I? Germany, Of Course!
“John Green teaches you WHY World War I started. Or tries to anyway. With this kind of thing, it’s kind of hard to assign blame to any one of the nations involved. Did the fault lie with Austria-Hungary? Germany? Russia? Julius Caesar? One thing we can say for sure is that you can’t blame the United States of America for this one. Woohoo! Well, you can hardly blame the US.” Transcript.
Excerpt: “Attributing characteristics like militarism or authoritarianism to entire national populations is a little problematic. Also one nation’s militarism is another nation’s strong national defense, and when you live in the country, as I do, that spends more on defense than any other nation, it’s probably not that good of an idea to call people militaristic. There’s just something about that broad-brush painting of an entire nation sharing a particular characteristic that feels a little propaganda-y.”
Germany’s blank-check to Austria-Hungary
Austria’s ultimatum to Serbia
Russia’s premature mobilization for war