The world turned on its head : was WWI really the beginning of the end of empires?
Title: The world turned on its head : was WWI really the beginning of the end of empires?
Author: IVESIC, Tomaz
Citation: Eurozine, 2019, OnlineOnly
External link: https://www.eurozine.com/world-turned-head/
The Great War brought the end of some empires, while others expanded on the ruins of those that lost. Viewing WWI as the end of imperialism is too Europe-centric a concept and needs to be amended. In many historiographical circles, there was an accepted consensus, which treated WWI as the turning point that lead to the decline of great empires. This is true especially for the watershed year of 1917 when the first (Russian) empire crumbled; first with the February and later with the October revolution, which was, in fact, a coup d’état. Yet viewing WWI as the end of imperialism is too Europe-centric a concept and needs to be amended.
Published: 5 January 2019
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