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World War I propaganda taken from the BBC series Peoples Century, episode 2, Killng Fields.
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These are some recruitment and propeganda posters from the British and French during world war 1. Some are quite amusing while other are not. The song over it is Boys in Khaki, boys in blue, witch in terms means British and French soldiers.
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Question 1

The World Wars 1 of the 1914 was welcomed warmly in the city of Paris as the French viewed the war as a great chance of obtaining ravage after they were defeated in the year 1870 by the Germans. In the city of Vienna World War 1 was welcomed positively as it brought unity to the Austrians and gave them an opportunity to ravage against Germany. In the city of Berlin, Germans welcomed the war positively with anticipations of Germany victory (Perry, 2006).

Question 2

According to the author Friedrich von Bernhardi, the World War 1 in Germany was a negative event. This is because Germans were not prepared materially and psychologically. Additionally, the option of war was not the best to show the psyche of Germany but this was a sign of weakness. According to him, the defeat of Germany was brought about by its lack of preparation as a country to face other countries in Europe. As a matter of fact, the weaker country according to Friedrich von Bernhardi is usually exposed to aggression as it lacks informational protection (Keeqan, 2000).

Importantly, there was a need for reconciliation of the warring countries especially Germany to consider being brutal because of its international laws. The World War 1 according to Friedrich von Bernhardi was a negative event that indicated that Germany was obsessed with the idea of supremacy. It is of importance to note that, for a country to show its supremacy it needs to internal might and strong powers which would be used in guarding it. In the case of Germany, the World War 1 was not welcomed by all people and those who welcomed it were forced to do so by Hitler. Moreover, the World War 1 challenged the supremacy and military might of Germany and instead of bringing about order in Germany it brought about its defeat (Perry, 2006).

Question 4

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Jingoism is the tremendous nationalism in the form of violent overseas policy. Practically, Jingoism is advocating in a form of war against other nations in order to protect and prevent what a country perceives as its national interests. Basically, in the early 20th century countries in Europe exercised jingoism which brought about the World War 1. In this case, because of the extreme patriotism of the Germans Germany wanted to control the whole of Europe and exercise its supremacy. Additionally, the invaded country used the concept of jingoism to defend their territories and hence the outbreak of the World War 1. It is of importance to note that, the Germans’ psyche in entering into the war was attributed to by the patriotism which Germans had at the onset of the 20th century. Germany wanted the whole world to be under it as a result of its strong nationalism concept (Keeqan, 2000).

Question 5

The Roland Doregeles’ excerpt about the ‘Fabulous Day’ was affected by the memory of the World War 1 of 1914. In this case, this excerpt talks about the mood of people in the city of Paris when the war broke out. On this basis, this French writer was explaining how people in the city of Paris first feared the war but because of patriotism they were filled with heroic wind. The World War 1 was not the right option and that is why it affected the Roland Doregeles’ excerpt. It can be revealed from the excerpt that, people in France were not in mood for the war and hence there were mixed opinions because of patriotism and fear of warring. The effects of the war in people both psychologically and physically affected the way Roland Doregeles wrote the excerpt (Perry, 2006).

Question 6

According to the ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ poem by Wilfred Owen about the World War 1, there were a lot of pains which people went through during this war. On this basis, Europeans were tortured mentally, psychologically, and physically by the effects of the war. These ideas on war can be compared to those of Friedrich von Bernhardi that World War 1 was not the best way of fighting for patriotism (Keeqan, 2000).

Question 7

Certainly, the same ideas used by leaders during the World War 1 are still used today by leaders to gain support from the people. On this basis, most of the ethnic wars which have been witnessed all over the world are founded on the notion that people are supposed to fight for their culture and community. In this case, people are entered into wars by the notion that war is very necessary to show supremacy of communities. Additionally, the Jihads and other Islamic associated wars are founded on the same concepts that were used by earlier leaders. In most cases, community members usually fear wars but their leaders encourage and force them saying that ‘we have to fight for our country’. Further, wars between countries are brought about by the aspect of necessity of safeguarding our supremacy and territory. On this basis, the same tactics that were used by leaders during the World War 1 are still used by current leaders to bring about wars among ethnic groups, races, communities, clans, and even countries (Perry, 2006).

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