Cataclysm 1914 brings jointly a few leftist students from various fields to discover the numerous diverse facets of the origins, trajectories and outcomes of the 1st international battle. the gathering not just goals to ascertain the conflict itself, yet seeks to visualize the clash and all its rapid effects (such because the Bolshevik Revolution and ascendency people hegemony) as a defining moment—perhaps the defining moment—in twentieth century international politics rupturing and reconstituting the ‘modern’ epoch in its many instantiations. In doing so, the gathering takes up numerous assorted issues of curiosity to either a basic reader, these involved in Marxian concept and approach, and leftist and socialist histories of the struggle.
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Our situation as a nation today is comparable to that before the wars of 1866 and 1870 which it was necessary to fight to settle the national crisis. 48 The Pan-German Contribution A vital area of contention among radical nationalists before 1914 concerned the most effective direction for Germany’s interests inside this commonly agreed and by then well-established ‘world imperial’ frame of reference. 49 That 46 Fischer 1967, p. 264. 47 Fischer 1967, p. 459. 48 Fischer 1967, p. 264. 49 See Reismann-Grone and von Liebert 1905.
In particular, Tooze examines how the growth of capitalist development over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – developments usually referred to under the rubric of ‘globalisation’ – made military elites in Europe less secure and more trigger-happy. ’, p. 74). ’, p. 70). In these ways and more, Tooze also demonstrates how the notion of a liberal peace is not simply a political science hypothesis but a political project to be imposed by force if necessary. The notion of uneven and combined development is also at the forefront of Anievas’s chapter ‘Marxist Theory and the Origins of the First World War’, where he seeks to redeploy the concept as a theory of interstate rivalry and war.
Liberalism’s hierarchical assumptions about political and economic modernity and military aggression were in fact operative in this historical moment and thereby helped to further exacerbate geopolitical tensions enabling the outbreak of the war. In particular, Tooze examines how the growth of capitalist development over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – developments usually referred to under the rubric of ‘globalisation’ – made military elites in Europe less secure and more trigger-happy.