The Forgotten Ingredients of WWI: National Honor, Misperception & Muddled Aims

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The summer of 1914 was dangerously heated. Heated politically, that is. The European nations were crackling with tension and within months would be crackling with gunfire. One of the bloodiest wars in history, at the time it must have also felt rather apocalyptic. After all, when before had a conflict the scale of which was currently playing out in the…