Lecture 13 - The Origins of World War I

author: John Merriman, Department of History, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: March 18, 2011,   recorded: October 2007,   views: 5187
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The traditional, diplomatic history of World War I is helpful in understanding how a series of hitherto improbable alliances come to be formed in the early years of the twentieth century. In the case of France and Russia, this involves a significant ideological compromise. Along with the history of imperial machinations, however, World War I should be understood in the context of the popular imagination and the growth of nationalist sentiment in Europe.

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Sowerwine, Charles. France since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society, pp. 88-93.

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