Edith Cavell: The Cause Of The First World War

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The Oxford World Encyclopedia defines war as “military combat between large communities, nations, and/or groups of nations”, although those in the midst of the First World War would argue that it most definitely means much more (Philips 1). World War 1 lasted from 1914 to 1918 and is said to have killed over seventeen million individuals (Wikipedia 1). The greatest, most known cause of the First World War was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg on June 28, 1914 (Levinson 158). Following these murders, the empire of Austria-Hungary declared war on the kingdom of Serbia. Of course, there were indeed several other key government and political issues that aided in the inclination for battle. The particular focus here, however, is not why or how the war started, but the effect it had on a particular individual by the name of Edith Cavell. …show more content…
Fast forward to the most important time in her life and this woman is a forty-five-year-old-year-old British nurse at Red Cross during the start of the war (Roth and Fee 1). A large title for a woman in the 19th century, who would have to fight not only against the patriarchy but against society’s backlash for being a woman involved with military forces. The role nurses played in the war were both physically and emotionally demanding. “The Berkendael Institute was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers of all nationalities” and most likely lacked the ability to treat all of them efficiency (Roth and Fee 1). Despite these multiple setbacks Edith Cavell still managed to thrive in her environment. Her honorary spot in history is due to helping save “the lives of soldiers from both sides without distinction and in helping over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium” during the war (who was edith cavell

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