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The Great War

                         World War One  (1914 - 1918)   
       " The War to End all Wars "      

        In the last two decades of the nineteenth century, the western, industrialized powers divided most of the world among themselves. The new imperialism was motivated by material incentives, such as the need for raw materials or the search for new materials, but religious and humanitarian impulses, the so-called civilizing mission of the imperialists, also played a role. 

        In Europe, the decline of the Ottoman empire provoked a scramble between European powers for control of the Balkans, Egypt, and Turkey.

        Early attempts at international regulation of colonialism in Africa failed, and rivalry embittered the relations between the principal contenders, Britain, France, and Germany.          

        In Asia, the Dutch and British ruled through a civil service, but a rebellion in India prompted a change of British policy. Russian interests in Asia led to tensions with Britain and war with Japan. The Chinese faced a double threat from European and Japanese imperialism, but were ultimately forced to open their country to European traders through a series of wars. Meanwhile, Japanese aggression provided useful lessons to both Europeans and the colonized peoples of Asia. 

         After 1870, the possibility of war loomed over Europe. The Great Powers formed unstable alliances with each other that pitted France, Britain, and Russia against the Triple Entente of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy.

       After a series of crises in the Balkans, war broke out with the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the Habsburg empire, in 1914.

        Hopes that the war would end quickly dissipated as the warring powers settled into a stalemate.

        Russia, facing internal pressures related to the revolution it had undergone in 1917, signed a treaty with the Germans at the end of that year. The Americans began to mobilize, and their intervention led to Germany’s surrender to the Allies in 1918.

        The German and Austrian-Hungarian empires collapsed, and Germany was forced to bear the brunt of the peace settlements.

        The experiences of World War I left their mark on European culture, the relationship between governments and national economies, and on international relations.

        The Treaty of Versailles would prove a failure, as would the League of Nations, founded in hopes of preventing similar conflicts in the future. 

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TIMELINES 

        The Great War Timeline. From Pre-1914 to Post 1919   ---


 MAPS         

 The League of Nations  1920-1946
 Europe plunges into war. Animated map**

  Europe after World War One. Animated Map**
  
 ** For Transcription in this two animated maps: when finishing the             animation, click on the top menu  ("Display the narrative")

     
Interactive Content - Animations  BBC History

  Animated Map: The Western Front, 1914 - 1918

    Stretching 440 miles from the Swiss border to the North Sea, the line of trenches, dug-outs and barbed-wire fences moved very little between 1914-18, despite attempts on both sides to break through. Pinpoint key locations along the Western Front, watch the general movements of both sides and view the battles of Ypres, Verdun and the Somme in more detail.



Animated Map: Battle of the Somme 

    The Battle of the Somme was one of the most significant campaigns of World War One, as the Allied forces attempted to break through the German front line in northern France, 1916.

    This interactive map shows the victories, defeats and painful stalemate, and how the lessons learned paved the way for victory on the Western Front in 1918.

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Completa y muy buena visón de las causas a través del acróstico MAINS   17 ago. 2012 2:11 belen pena
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Una visión económica de la guerra, durante y despues  17 ago. 2012 1:56 belen pena
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Rasgos y situación que caracterizan el periodo prebélico, por paises. PDF   17 ago. 2012 1:56 belen pena
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Características del periodo. PDF  17 ago. 2012 1:56 belen pena
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Visión básica y completa de conjunto.PDF  17 ago. 2012 1:57 belen pena
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Causas detonantes y estructurales, protagonistas, tecnología bélica. Buen resumen  14 ago. 2012 7:46 belen pena
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