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What was the point of the First World War?

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ThomasRichard Sat 10-Nov-18 10:44:45

I get the Second World War: Hitler and Mussolini were brutal dictators and we didn’t want that over here. But the First World War? Wasn’t that just over who ruled what; the usual political crap where the outcome didn’t really matter because it would still be the same elite groups in power, just re-arranged a bit?

lucydogz Thu 15-Nov-18 11:24:36

If you're interested surely it's easy enough to do your own research. How can a mn thread answer a question like that?

ThomasRichard Thu 15-Nov-18 16:45:33

Because the usual sources just want to talk about Serbia and Allies vs Axis. I already know all that. Given the diversity of posters on Mumsnet, I was hoping someone would know what Britain actually stood to gain or lose beyond being mates with the right politicians and royals.

MillytantForceit Sun 10-Mar-19 10:51:19

Formally it was because we had a Treaty from 1839 guaranteeing to come to the aid of Belgium.

Beyond that, the TV Drama "37 Days" covers it pretty well.

It was a failure of diplomacy on many levels.

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