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Cataclysm 1914: The First World War and the Making of Modern by Alexander Anievas

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By Alexander Anievas

Cataclysm 1914 brings jointly a few leftist students from various fields to discover the numerous diverse elements of the origins, trajectories and outcomes of the 1st global conflict. the gathering not just goals to check the struggle itself, yet seeks to visualize the clash and all its speedy results (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 a number of diverse issues of curiosity to either a basic reader, these fascinated with Marxian thought and technique, and leftist and socialist histories of the war.

Contributors are: Alexander Anievas, Shelley Baranowski, Neil Davidson, Geoff Eley, Sandra Halperin, Esther Leslie, Lars T. Lih, Domenico Losurdo, Wendy Matsumura, Peter D. Thomas, Adam Tooze, Alberto Toscano, and Enzo Traverso.

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Alexander Anievas, Ph.D. (2011), collage of Cambridge, Leverhulme Early profession study Fellow. he's the writer of Capital, the kingdom, and conflict: classification clash and Geopolitics within the "Thirty Years Crisis", 1914-1945 (University of Michigan Press, 2014).

All attracted to the background of the 1st global warfare and its effect at the trajectory of recent global politics. topics: historical past, diplomacy, Marxism, ancient Sociology, Political proposal.

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108–11, pp. 229–35; Frech 2009; von Liebert 1925. 50 Stoler 2006; also Stoler, McGranahan and Purdue 2007, pp. 8–13. 51 Hasse 1895, p. 47. Germany, the Fischer Controversy, and the Context of War 39 technocratic and hostile to democracy. 52 This Pan-German vision was the most radical and forthright of the efforts at imagining, programmatically and consistently, how Germany might take its place among the vaunted ‘world empires’. But as international tensions began escalating in the run-up to 1914 and the arms race intensified, others found the simultaneity of overseas and landward expansionism much harder to sustain.

In her chapter, ‘War and Social Revolution’, Sandra Halperin provides an analysis of the origins and consequences of the First World War in terms of the interconnected dynamics of ‘internal repression and external expansion’ characterising the pre-1914 system of globalising production and exchange as a whole. As she demonstrates, in the decades leading up to the 1914 crisis, these two central elements of the ancien régime states, both within and outside of Europe, were rapidly coming into conflict as the Long Depression (1873–96) and rising global ‘red tide’ increased pressures within, and rivalries and conflicts among, the European imperial powers, eventually leading to a ‘multilateral war in Europe’ (Halperin, ‘War and Social Revolution’, p.

89–168, pp. 171–245; GrimmerSolem 2003b, pp. 107–22; Sheehan 1966. 41 This full range and complexity of these influences on the spread of ‘empire talk’ between the 1880s and 1914, summarised schematically here, seldom informs the scholarship on foreign policymaking. After its opening discussions of Serbia and to a lesser extent Austria-Hungary, for example, even the treatments in Clark 2012 remain confined largely to the first of these aforementioned domains. 42 Rohrbach 1916, quoted in Fischer 1967, p.

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