Origins, outbreak and conclusions
In July-August 1914 a local war quickly escalated into one incorporating most of Europe and substantial parts of the world. After four years of fighting and millions dead, the conclusion of the conflict resulted in the dramatic restructuring of European and international boundaries. How did this conflict begin? Why did it escalate and what was the impact of both war and peace on the countries involved?
- Article by:
- Jonathan Boff
For much of the First World War, the Western Front remained almost static, with each side killing many of the other’s men but otherwise making little progress. Dr Jonathan Boff investigates why the war developed in this way and whether later depictions of wartime strategy were fair.Read more
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