The Guns Of August By Barbara Tuchman
In Barbara Tuchman’s book, The Guns of August, arguably one of the most important events mentioned is the decline of the Ottoman Empire. While Tuchman spends very little time detailing the decline itself, she does acknowledge that the Ottoman Empire was, going into World War I, the “Sick Man” of Europe. What would prove to be the end of the Ottoman Empire was siding with Germany and consequentially the former Ottoman Empire was divided into separate mandates by the Allied Powers. This paper will focus on the British mandate of Palestine, and how as a direct consequence of actions taken during World War I, the Arab-Israeli conflict remains at the forefront of global conversation.
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For example, the violence and unfortunately commonplace bombings have created a refugee crisis. While currently less popular than the Syrian refugee crisis in the news media, it would be remiss to ignore the sheer number of refugees displaced as a result of this conflict. The violence which created the refugees was escalated because of modern war machines and general advancements in warfare technology, a legacy of World War I. Tuchman states in her book that at the beginning of the war bayonets were considered to be the most effective weapon while towards the end tanks were used. World War I pushed several countries into the production of higher tech guns and created a war technology revolution which eventually resulted in the modern weapons used in contemporary conflict, namely the Arab-Israeli conflict. Despite a lack of a long term peace agreement, the Camp David Accords are just one of many examples of an American diplomat (in this case former president Jimmy Carter) functioning on the world stage, something which American politicians avoided doing before World War I broke them out of their policy of