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  1. #1 100 years ago, the World changed forever... 
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    ...in ways still unimagined even today. It was the “Great War”.....

    In 1936, the British writer Rebecca West stood on the balcony of Sarajevo’s town hall and said to her husband, “I shall never be able to understand how it happened.” It was World War I: the civilizational cataclysm that began, according to conventional chronology, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated in the Bosnian capital on June 28, 1914, by Gavrilo Princip, a twenty-year-old Bosnian Serb.

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    World War I set in motion virtually all the dynamics that were responsible for shaping world history and culture in those seventy-seven years: the collapse of dynastic power in the fall of the German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian, and Ottoman empires; the end of the Caliphate; new nation-states, new tensions in colonial competition, and new passions for decolonization; the mid-twentieth-century totalitarianisms; efforts to achieve global governance; the next two world wars (World War II and the Cold War); the emergence of the United States as leader of the West; serious alterations in the basic structures of domestic and international finance; and throughout Western culture, a vast jettisoning of traditional restraints in virtually every field, from personal and social behavior to women’s roles to the arts.

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    I picked this up a couple of months ago I haven't read it yet.
    The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 Hardcover – Deckle Edge

    by Margaret MacMillan

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    Did WW I cause the US to rise to be a superpower?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thundley4 View Post
    Did WW I cause the US to rise to be a superpower?
    It definatly was a booster but it was WWII that really put us up there , many consider world war II as a continuation of WWI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    It definatly was a booster but it was WWII that really put us up there , many consider world war II as a continuation of WWI.

    I've always thought that wars drive innovation and industry.
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    Wasn't it when the great white fleet when around the world?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thundley4 View Post
    Did WW I cause the US to rise to be a superpower?
    Britain was the world power (aka policeman) prior to WW1, but its empire was virtually destroyed by the war's cost. That created the power vacuum that sucked the US into its new role.

    The Great White Fleet was ordered by President Roosevelt in 1907 following the Spanish American War.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thundley4 View Post
    Did WW I cause the US to rise to be a superpower?
    Spanish-American War did.
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    As with the American Great White Fleet, there was some sort of Royal Navy review off the coast of England in, I think, 1912, perhaps the most impressive display of naval might (at least in collection of boats) until the D-Day enterprise of June 1944.

    In 1912, the U.S. Navy was nothing, compared with the Royal Navy.

    The biggest lesson of the first world war was that "balances of power" do not work; they incite wars rather than deter them. I have no idea why so many became enamoured of this "balance of power" thing during the Cold War, thinking that if both the United States and the Soviet Union were "equal" in arms, there'd be peace (and so hence the western peaceniks secretly wanting the socialists to build themselves up more).

    What guarantees world peace is having one power so strong, so enormous, that it's bigger than the second, third, fourth, fifth, &c., &c., &c. powers all put together.

    I offer the examples of the second century A.D., when Rome dominated, and 1815-1914, the Pax Britannia.
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