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Poli 344 2/26

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Department
Political Science
Course
POLI 344
Professor
Jason Scott Ferrell
Semester
Winter

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th February 26 , End of WWI Russians have revolution, cut a separate peace in Germany -Russia, war equals revolution, drop out of the war to settle domestic shit, sue for peace with Germany. Internationally, hoping that the revolution would spread outward, good reason in the context of Germany. Harsh peace settlement with Germany (Brest-Litovsk), loose a lot of eastern Europe. -Germany is realizing probably wont win, so can sue for peace on the Western front or renew attack. Choose the storm trooper offensive. -Why Germany why? Militarily, in some sense are running the nation as the war goes on, kaiser gets excluded from decision making processes. End up with a semi-exclusionary regime type that reflects the interests of the military. Thought that troops from the eastern front would be able to break the deadlock (almost succeeds, but the arrival of the american troops lets england commit all it's troops to the western front and win) -by russia folding, you find the junkers are satisfied. Now the interests of the industrialists have been met, so have an incentive to continue the war. Military reason and economic reason to continue the war. Also, provide resources. -France might have been open for negotiation about some of the territories, but Britain would not be. England still attached to Belgium -Alliances wind up collapsing,Austria sues for a separate peace on September 10, 1919, so does turkey and Bulgaria. -Think about the French Revolution, how it goes both to outside france and thn affects inside France. Think about war within and without states, have a war that prompts a revolution in Germany, which affects the outside. Domestic level stability and international relations, the overtures made to Woodrow wilson. Wilson makes peace conditional on internal reform in germany (14 points), makes the internal reform of the German political institution one of the war aims of theAllies. -The militarism of the German politics, autocracy, and nationalism of Germany are highlighted by Wilson as the cause of the war, and so for peace to be achieved have to reforms these things. -Germany, political and economic elite would not be cool with the reforms. They are willing to allow for reform of a sort, but reform that is guided from above, not the sort driven by popular politics as was in France. There is a centralization of power, and reform is initiated as a response to the demands of the entente, wind-up inviting centralist and moderate parties to participate in the government, but only the moderates. The more populace parties are still barred. October 3 , 1918 there is a new government formed but the Chancellor. Germany promised the Entente that decisions would be carried out by a popular government. Offer acceptance the 14 points when they have reformed the government. -Kind of conceding to have lost the war. Promise full sufferance and equality, leade
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