Daniel Halliday
Jun 16 · Last update 3 mo. ago.
What can we learn from the First World War?
The First World War ended 100 years ago this year, and was one of the deadliest conflicts in history. What can we learn strategically, politically and diplomatically so that tragic events such as these do not repeat themselves in the future?
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It is dangerous for political powers to drag their feet when it comes to war
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Wars of attrition are a pointless waste of life
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Not to impose unrealistic sanctions, reparations, or tariffs on a country to damage their economy
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It is dangerous for political powers to drag their feet when it comes to war

America’s reluctance to get involved with WW1, in what it saw as Europeans destroying themselves, allowed the war to spiral out of control from 1914 to 1917. It wasn’t until America intervened in August 1918 that German Forces were pushed back, leading to an armistice later that year. In the current global climate, with brutal civil wars and bloody disputes being fought all over the world, it would seem that failing to act decisively when it comes to war is still an issue that plagues international diplomacy today.

This is especially important in modern times were examples of diplomatic and militaristic feet dragging are so common place. The conflict in Syria has been raging since 2012 and is becoming one of the worst humanitarian and refugee crises in recent history. While there is no simple situation by any means, a unilateral response has been thwarted by China’s veto of the Unite Nations’ action in this matter. Consequently, the lack of any other adequate action has lead to Russia helping to prop up an autocratic regime, guilty of war crimes and a terrible human rights abuses. This solution doesn’t promote a quick or clean solution to the problem and will probably contribute to an increasingly authoritarian future for Syria.

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America’s reluctance to get involved with WW1, in what it saw as Europeans destroying themselves, allowed the war to spiral out of control from 1914 to 1917. It wasn’t until America intervened in August 1918 that German Forces were pushed back, leading to an armistice later that year. In the current global climate, with brutal civil wars and bloody disputes being fought all over the world, it would seem that failing to act decisively when it comes to war is still an issue that plagues international diplomacy today.
Wars of attrition are a pointless waste of life

Attrition warfare is the concept of trying to wear down the enemy forces until they can no longer continue to fight. This may be caused by an overwhelming economic loss or devastating loss of life to an enemy that causes them to surrender or be unable to fight. This disastrous non-strategy is the one of the worst elements of warfare that considers combatants as expendable and regards loss of life as acceptable and sustainable as long as the enemies levels of both are worse.

Improvements in weapon technology but a lack or advancement in communications and mobility complicated this matter further and made attrition fighting more common. Military commanders were sometimes forced to carry on fighting in this large scale war that they were technologically not prepared for. This state of affairs lead to the First World War being known as a hollow victory, as the widespread devastation was so vast and casualties so high, that even the winning parties had lost more than they achieved.

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Improvements in weapon technology but a lack or advancement in communications and mobility complicated this matter further and made attrition fighting more common. Military commanders were sometimes forced to carry on fighting in this large scale war that they were technologically not prepared for. This state of affairs lead to the First World War being known as a hollow victory, as the widespread devastation was so vast and casualties so high, that even the winning parties had lost more than they achieved.
Not to impose unrealistic sanctions, reparations, or tariffs on a country to damage their economy

The Treaty of Versailles was the treaty signed at the end of the WW1. Article 231 of the treaty forced Germany to limit its military capabilities, give up its colonies and some territory, and to pay massive reparations to the Allied Forces. This was thought to have caused the post war hyperinflation by the German population and did contribute to it to a large degree. This then caused German nationalism to smoulder and was the beginning of anti-Jewish sentiment in Germany.

Reparations such as these or similar economic sanctions breed isolation, backwardness and contempt, and should be used as a last resort as they only worsen international relations.

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