Pros And Cons Of Conscription
Ruin was the only result of a wars fought by involuntary soldiers. The conscription used in World War One unfailingly led to detrimental outcomes. Communism in Russia through the wrath of the soldiers, the disintegration of French-English relations as a result of the Canadian Conscription Crisis, and the rise of Nazism in Germany were all directly caused by the conscripts forced to battle in World War One. Conscription was the pathway to the mass destruction of nations around the world.
The Bolshevik Revolution, which gave rise to oppressive communism in Russia, was caused by austere and violent feeling caused by the conscription of Russian men in World War One. Russian soldiers comprehended that …show more content…
Germany was the main axis power in World War One, as their army was massive in number because of the number of conscripts. Contrary to other countries, to be conscripted in Germany was a matter of pride. The conscripts often viewed the war as a matter of nationalism; the war was often described as ‘the greatest and most unforgettable time of [one 's] earthly existence’ (Rice Jr. 37). This was a view, though mirrored by the vast majority of German soldiers, was personified in the spirit of Adolf Hitler during the First World War; to fight in the war was to defend Germany in all of her greatness and splendor. These soldiers would forever regard Germany in high esteem with immense plans to restore Germany to its glory. When Germany eventually was overcome in the war after more than four years of hardship and sacrifice, few Germans, particularly the men who had served, wanted to accept the defeat (Rice Jr. 45). This accompanying the iron-handed terms that the Treaty of Versailles placed upon Germany sparked absolute outrage in the country. This anger became directed at the leader of the government, the Kaiser, who was said to mishandle the war with broken pledges, [and] treaties torn, [his] first page of war adorn; [soldiers] on fouler things must look, who read further in the book where [he] did in time of war, all that [he] foreswore, where [he], barbarously wise, bade [his] soldiers terrify (Pain 119). The soldiers viewed their monstrosities during the war as acts they were coerced to commit by the Kaiser, which cultivated in major disapproval. A reason for this disapproval was the economic sanctions allocated on the conscripts. The conscripts were often forced to desert their jobs, which were unfailingly filled by another person. This elicited the problem of the returning German conscripts; the majority