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HST 702
Tomaz Jardim

HST702 September 4, 2013 Tomaz Jardim Introduction Why WWI is the most important event of the 20th century - Destruction/death toll - Global conflict for the first time - Scale of destruction o 9M military casualties o 12M civilians dead - First total war o Affecting soldiers and society as a whole (women in factories/women) - War raging beyond European borders changes the world Queen Victoria - Had been on the throne a long time - Empress of an empire on which the sun never set o The British controlled so much of the world - Symbolized modern civilization - Her grandson: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany o He’s responsible for starting the war - Most Europeans saw themselves as living in prosperity Voting Rights - All men over the age of 21 could vote - Great Britain: only 2/3 of men could vote because of tax bracket (you're too low class to vote) - Women didn't have the vote anywhere Currents of social change bubbling up - Creating anxiety - Movement aimed at empowering workers - Movemen
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