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Published on Nov 21, 2008
France Since 1871 (HIST 276)
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.
00:00 - Chapter 1. Tangled Maps of Empire: Diplomatic Origins of the First World War 07:24 - Chapter 2. A Delicate Balances: The Shifting Alliances of the Great Powers 19:26 - Chapter 3. The British Empire on the World Stage: Capabilities on the Continent 32:29 - Chapter 4. Mounting Tensions in Alsace-Lorraine: The Saverne Crisis 40:14 - Chapter 5. War Expectations and Enthusiasm