The Central Powers and The First World War pt1 | The History Faculty

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Podcast detailing the war aims and strategy of the Central Powers – that is to say, Germany and Austria-Hungary initially, and later on Turkey as their third partner. Germany entered the war with a variety of aggressive territorial ambitions:  to establish their supremacy in Europe and carve out an Empire in Africa. The Austro-Hungarians fought a different war, aimed at punishing their traditional enemies the Slavs and their supporters, the Russians. The Central powers were fighting on many different fronts, France and Russia for the Germans, Serbia and Russian for the Austro-Hungarians. That meant a dispersal of effort, and one of the central questions that faced the Germans and Austro-Hungarians throughout the war was where might that effort best be concentrated. Although Austria-Hungary was very much economically the weaker power, the Germans could get at Austria-Hungary, whereas the allies could not get at Russia, or not at all as easily, and that meant that the Germans were able to prop up their partner for longer, and therefore to stay in the war for longer than might otherwise have been the case.

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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