I’m getting caught up on my webreading, after a couple of weeks of frantically editing the ww1ha magazine, Camaraderie. I found a question at Imagineatime’s post that I’d like to answer:
“How were you taught about the events leading WWI? What about the war itself? ”
This is what I was taught. The U.S. Civil War lasted approximately 75 years. Then we kicked the Germans out of France. Then the Japanese attacked us while we were innocently holding a luau; there was terrible fighting in Asia. Also, D-Day. Then we kicked the Germans out of France. The End.
I don’t doubt also that the Hungarian water throwing ritual might have taken place on unsuspecting victims (due to the lack of pretty girls this ritual is usually reserved for.)
People have a tendency to simplify and overlook the reasons for The Great War. Yet the subject has been studied immensely since that August of 1914. In his book, Europe’s Last Summer, David Fromkin seeks to explain just what happened that fateful summer in the months preceeding the war.
An abrubt conclusion to a long and tumultuous beginning…
Though undoubtedly scholarly and well-written, Fromkin takes a point of view rather new to me as a student of WWI. His primary argument, which is delivered with excellent sources, is that Germany and Chief of Staff, von Moltke, in particular is responsible for truly initiating the war…
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