Katharine Fields Western Civilization II April 14, 2012 Primary Source Paper: Treaty of Versailles and Wilson’s Fourteen Points             World War I has been argued to be the war that never actually ended in all complete terms, but instead found a lull point for decades before the next World War began. In fact, World War […]

European vs. American opinions on peace at the end of WWI (project paper)

May 1, 2012 | Comments Off on European vs. American opinions on peace at the end of WWI (project paper)

The end of WWI resulted in very different attitudes towards peace negations from the allied powers involved. The European powers believed that the Central Powers (namely Germany) should be made to pay for the cost of the war. The war had largely decimated the economies of all major European powers. Both sides had lost significant […]

Woodrow Wilson’s speech to the US Senate on the League Of Nations

April 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Woodrow Wilson’s speech to the US Senate on the League Of Nations

This speech was given by Woodrow Wilson to the US senate in great desperation to get them to pass membership into the League of Nations.  WIlson and the republicans were constantly locked in a battle on the League.  Even after Wilson delegated and had the League’s constitution amended he was defeated by congress. It gives […]

The Officer’s Weapon: The WWI Pistol

April 23, 2012 | Comments Off on The Officer’s Weapon: The WWI Pistol

The pistol, originally designed as a cavalry weapon, was the staple weapon for a variety of personnel during World War One (and beyond).  Traditionally issued to officers of all armies the pistol was also issued to military police, airmen and tankoperators. Reasons for Pistol Use For men involved in the latter professions the pistol was […]

The Rifle in WWI

April 23, 2012 | Comments Off on The Rifle in WWI

Though significant advancements were made in other areas of weaponry during WWI, the infantryman’s best friend was still the classic rifle. The main reason for this simply had to due with the fact that any other weapon proved either impractical, or unwieldy and cumbersome. Machine guns simply could not be used because the infantry was […]

WWI Art

April 23, 2012 | Comments Off on WWI Art

War Art Exhibited Through August 2009             The first special exhibition of the new National World War I Museum opened in 2006 in Exhibit Hall, one of the original, 1926 Liberty Memorial buildings. War Art draws completely from the Museum’s rich collections to examine a WWI topic in more detail. […]

George Clemenceau: WWI

April 18, 2012 | Comments Off on George Clemenceau: WWI

George Clemenceau was the French negotiator at the Paris Peace Conference where he helped create the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. Clemenceau is partially responsible for the harsh tone of the terms of the treaty and for the relentless punishment of Germany for the war. -Katharine Fields George Clemenceau Source: http://faculty.virginia.edu/setear/students/sandytov/Links.html Clemenceau succeeded Paul Painleve as premier […]

WWI: Armistice

April 18, 2012 | Comments Off on WWI: Armistice

With the armistice of November 11, 1918, the war was over, however, the world could not return to the way it was – to what was ‘normal.’ Four empires had disappeared, a new menace labeled “Bolshevism” arose, and millions of people tasted the ideas and feelings associated with nationalism, national self-determination and democracy. The peace […]

The Battle of Jutland

April 16, 2012 | Comments Off on The Battle of Jutland

The greatest naval battle of the First World War.  Jutland had all the ingredients to be a great British naval victory, but in the event the result was much less clear-cut. The recently appointed commander of the German High Seas Fleet, Reinhard Scheer, had returned to the policy of making sorties against the British coast, […]

The Battle of the Somme

April 9, 2012 | Comments Off on The Battle of the Somme

Map of the battle: http://www.firstworldwar.com/maps/graphics/maps_34_wfront_somme_%281600%29.jpg The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest, and most indecisive battles WWI. The intent of the campaign was two fold. The first intent was simply to act as a campaign of attrition. The British and French intended to sap German resources, and gain territory. The second intent […]