EXPERIENCE OF WORLD WAR 1

EXPERIENCE OF WORLD WAR 1

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EXPERIENCEOF WORLD WAR 1

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Thisessay entails the analysis of pre-war to post-war experience on thehome-front of World War 1. First World War started in 1914 and endedin 1918, it marked the formation of alliances and internationalconfrontation of major superpowers. Prior to this war, German andBritain were involved in a naval arms race (Hardach, 1977). Thisnaval battle escalated to full scale war that included submarines,trade blockades and dreadnoughts.

Itwas purely selfish interest for Germany to gain fame and power bychallenging the Britain naval dominance since the time of NapoleonicWars. This status of dominance was enjoyed by Britain peaceably forseveral years. German made a grave mistake when it developed anaggressive naval policy, which prohibit the North Sea and declared ita war zone (Hardach, 1977). The policy denounce all the merchantships, mainly from Britain but they went ahead to include even thosefrom neutral countries. The act was brutal in the sense that it wastargeting even neutral countries. As a civic leader, it was anill-advised move to develop this policy.

ThoughBritain had imposed a similar blockade in the North Sea with an aimto weakened Germany economy, there were to protest in other peacefulmanner. Instead Germany responded by extending its naval warfareboundaries in the sea to target allies of Britain. It was clear fromthe beginning that German navy was no match to the superior BritishRoyal Peerless Royal Navy. Despite the attempt by the German Navy tobuild itself during the years preceding this war, it still remainsinferior to the British Navy (Dear at al,. 1995).

Buton the other hand, Britain responded more aggressively when itdeclares the North Sea as a major military zone. Because Britainwanted a total economic blockade to Germany, it warned that all theships from neutral countries must be inspected in British Ports toascertain any possible supplies destined to Germany territory. Thisfacilitated the escalation of naval battle the two countries.

Asa result of the isolationism policy the movement of the ships weremuch reduced. The leader of the German submarine service, HermannBauer, aggressive policy received widespread publicity and wasjustified as the effective response to the actions of Britain. It ledto the entry of U.S to the battle since it affected its citizens andthe economic performance from its overseas trades. U.S got involvedin the confrontation by issuing warning against the German war-zoningdesignation. U.S wanted to offer protection to its property andcitizens (Dear at al,. 1995). The local situation in Germany waspolarized, opening up differing opinions from the politicians-somewanted the situation be solved amicably to avoid provoking American’sanger.

Onthe other, the German Navy was ready to use its deadly U-boats toguard its waters without consideration of the consequences. Theinternational community was impacted greatly since the frequentmovement was impaired leading to the economic collapse that tookseveral years after to be restored. Particularly, as a result ofeconomic sanctions imposed on Germany, many women and children mainlyfrom lower class were starved of the basic requirements (Dear at al,.1995). The world economic and political situation was significantlyaffected in that many lives and properties were loss during the warperiod. Peace largely experienced prior to the war is broken andwarring between nations took the center.

References

Hardach,G. (1977). The First World War, 1914-1918. Berkeley: University ofCalifornia Press.

Dear,I., Foot, M. R. D., Mazal Holocaust Collection., &amp Rogers D.Spotswood Collection. (1995). The Oxford companion to World War II.Oxford: Oxford University Press.