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Hettie's World History World War One

The Causes of World War I: Part 4 – Regional Conflicts

Several smaller conflicts tested the alliances established by the great European powers and set the stage for the great conflict that would erupt in 1914. These are some of the smaller conflicts that rocked the world during the new century. Russo-Japanese War (1904): Russia and Japan go to war over Korea and Manchuria. Russia is […]

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The Causes of World War I: Part 3 – Militarism

Militarism is defined as maintaining a large military and being prepared to use it to defend a nation’s interests. In the early 20th century, this arms race led to disaster. Industrial Output The years prior to the war saw a surge in industrialization. Manufacturing output grew, buildings were electrified, municipal water works were constructed, and […]

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The Causes of World War I: Part 2 – Nationalism

Nationalism is defined as patriotism and the spirit of a country. It also is defined as asserting that your country’s interests are separate from the interests of others. This second definition led to the belief that there is no greater and more honorable death than to die for one’s country. In the pre-World War I […]

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The Causes of World War I: Part 1 – Alliances

In 1878, the major European powers met in Germany to discuss territorial disputes. The Congress of Berlin assigned regions to different empires. Bosnia-Herzegovina, for example, was given to Austria-Hungary. It soon became clear that there were problems with this arrangement. The powers could not incur new territory without risking war with another country. Russia, especially, […]

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Trial of the 20th Century: the Thaw-White Murder

Decades before O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, there was another court case labeled “the trial of the century”. The case was known as the Thaw-White Murder, and it involved everything that makes crimes compelling to the general public – a celebrity, salacious sex and jealousy. Evelyn Nesbit The celebrity at […]

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The Age of the New Woman: Her Time Has Come and Gone. Or Has It?

Around the turn of the 20th century, a curious, new creature emerged in the world. This creature was called “the new woman” or an “independently minded female.” She was the sign of things to come, a woman who relied on herself, not a man. Who Was the New Woman? The term “new woman” was coined […]

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The Iconic Gibson Girl: The Feminine Ideal of the 1890s

Even if you don’t know much about the history of advertising, you’ve probably heard of the Gibson Girl.  She represented the feminine ideal of the 1890s and was the first media image of an ideal woman, establishing society’s preference for an hourglass figure and portraying the image of the girl next door. Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson developed […]

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Battle of Vimy Ridge: Canada’s Coming of Age

The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place April 9-12, 1917, near Arras, France. The nations involved were Canada, Great Britain and Germany. Major Events of the Battle: Learning from the mistake during the Battle of the Somme, troops were better trained and better informed than during previous battles. Many of these recommendations came from 1st Division commander […]

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The Merits of Penmanship: An Important Part of Victorian and Edwardian Education

Today, there is debate over whether cursive handwriting should be taught in schools. One vocal camp believes it is no longer necessary. This greatly perplexes me as cursive writing is both faster and easier than print, as the pen must only leave the page between words as opposed to between each letter. One hundred years […]

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Siegfried Sassoon: Mental Scars that Last a lifetime

Siegfried Sassoon is one of the few World War I poets to survive the war. “Siegfried Sassoon is best remembered for his angry and compassionate poems of the First World War, which brought him public and critical acclaim,” the Poetry Foundation says. “Avoiding the sentimentality and jingoism of many war poets, Sassoon wrote of the […]

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Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry: Canadian Men with Previous Military Experience

The first battle the Canadian Expeditionary Force engaged in during World War I was the Second Battle of Ypres. However, a group of soldiers did participate in earlier engagements. These men were members of Princess Patricia’s regiment. Who were the Patricias? When World War I erupted, Canada had a very small army called “the permanent […]

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Women and Friendship Over Time: How Female Friendship Has Always Been Difficult

Today, women’s friendships are a big deal. There are websites dedicated to helping friends meet, books have been written on the subject, and blogs are filled with helpful how-tos. They all say women need friendships in their lives, but that it’s hard in our modern, busy society for people to meet. They also point out […]

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