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View Diary: Countdown to World War I: July 31, 1914 (22 comments)

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  •  The death of Jaures (6+ / 0-)

    almost paralyzed the French Cabinet with fear that there would be a popular uprising at the most inopportune of times.  It is to the French peoples' credit that at this critical juncture they mourned Jaures, but shouldered arms.

    The desire of France for revanche, for the return of Alsace-Lorraine, and the urge to wipe away the forty-year stain of humiliation at the hands of the Prussians stimulated Paris' actions.

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