Crisis in maturing Europe

This is a collection of topics discussing the traumatic events leading to the Great War in August 1914.
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Not all women in Britain in the early 1900s during the rise of the suffragete movement before 1914 supported their political emancipation. Many genuinely disagreed with the whole idea. Others believed that the suffragetes were too radical and declined to be socially associated with them.

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"No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex." -- Susan B. Anthony, 1872 The conservative party wants to protect women and the unborn.

The irish-American anti-British stance came from the belief that Britain should have done more to relieve the suffering of the Irish during the famine. Some commentators argued that Britain’s policy of laissez-faire in Ireland (not supplying sufficient emergency food supplies) was genocide. These opinions were carried by the Irish famine immigrants to their new homeland in the USA, where they were passed down through the generations almost as folk-lore having immense political influence.

The irish-American anti-British stance came from the belief that Britain should have done more to relieve the suffering of the Irish during the famine. Some commentators argued that Britain’s policy of laissez-faire in Ireland (not supplying sufficient emergency food supplies) was genocide. These opinions were carried by the Irish famine immigrants to their new homeland in the USA, where they were passed down through the generations almost as folk-lore having immense political influence.

During the Great War of 1914-1918, Britain and France were close allies. Yet, 99 years previously, Britain and France had only just concluded a titanic series of wars that had rocked Europe to its core from 1792 to 1815. This was on top of a traditional rivalry/ hatred that stretched back to the 13th century. So how was it possible that Britain and France could have so changed their relationship in the succeeding century? Please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/Teenageeurope

The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of the Empress Josephine by Pope Pius VII, December 1804 - Jacques-Louis David - 1807 - Neoclassicism- Gallery: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Here's a map of Morroco showing the location of the Port of Agadir, for those people who, like me, had no idea where Agadir was!    In an historical context, note its its proximity in 1911 to the strategically vital British Naval base of Gibraltar, and French controlled Algeria, which partly explains the concerns of France and Britain during the 1911 Agadir crisis. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.253228124712698.52397.249927968376047&type=3

Morocco Children over the age of 12 are prohibited from telling Knock-Knock jokes.

Paradoxically, it was the Unionists that were the most likely to start a war in Ireland in 1914; causing many problems for Britain because of their patriotism. They formed the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and started to collect weapons in the event they needed to actively oppose the ‘Home Rulers’ – who had in turn formed the Irish Volunteer Force (IVF).

Paradoxically, it was the Unionists that were the most likely to start a war in Ireland in 1914; causing many problems for Britain because of their patriotism. They formed the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and started to collect weapons in the event they needed to actively oppose the ‘Home Rulers’ – who had in turn formed the Irish Volunteer Force (IVF).

‘Secret diplomacy is a necessary weapon in the hands of a propertied minority, which is compelled to deceive the majority in order to make the latter obey its interests’ – Trotsky.     Charles Trevelyan MP resigned in protest from the Liberal government on the outbreak of war in August 1914 because of his belief that the war was one of Imperial opportunism, and was therefore unjustifiable.

British recruitment poster focusing on atrocities committed by the German Army in Belgium during 1914

It would be wrong to say that Emily Davison, that famous martyr, was typical of the movement as a whole. Some have even questioned her sanity. Personally, I believe that she was just a dedicated advocate of the cause. I do not believe she actually had a death wish; rather, that her death was accidental, and not therefore, premeditated. Regardless of what led her to be killed, her death did have the effect of publicising the suffragette cause.

Emily Wilding Davison at the Derby 4 June 1913 A watershed for the movement for votes for women. Davison did not, apparently, intend to die when she threw herself under King George V’s horse on Derby day, 4 June


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