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  •  That war wouldn't have (6+ / 0-)

    ... but Germany's expansionist ambitions, British and French habitual power-politics jockeying, and the Ottoman Empire's and Russia's decadence would almost certainly have guaranteed some other explosion at some other time.  A stable, adaptable international order would not have allowed such an accident of history to start such a conflagration.

    I stand with triv33. Shame on her attackers.

    by Dallasdoc on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 07:40:33 PM PDT

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    •  the british were isolationist (7+ / 0-)

      and focused on ireland. france and germany were toying with becoming allies. the balkan wars, the moroccan crisis, fashoda- none had triggered a war. there were so many times it could have happened, with so many different alliances, but it hadn't. but the assassination of his foil finally gave conrad the upper hand in austria against the slavs and serbia, the loss of one of his few true friends gave wilhelm the impetus to approve the military action he'd previously shied away from, and sazonov finally has an excuse to prove he wasn't the wimp everyone said he was. it all revolved around ferdinand's death.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 07:48:17 PM PDT

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      •  Britain's isolationism ended with the Boer War (1+ / 0-)
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        and shortly thereafter is entered into the Entente Cordiale with France, which not only ended almost 80 years of Go It Alone but also ended almost a millenia of hostility to France.

        •  not really (1+ / 0-)
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          the boer war was considered largely a domestic matter, but even so it was hotly debated. salisbury was adamant about remaining isolationist. and there, too, a wider war was averted. the english believed the germans were going to get involved, but wilhelm wasn't the crazed warmonger he later was made out to be.

          The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

          by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 08:34:14 PM PDT

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