Mike Shuster

THE LENIN STRATEGEM

Germans Seal Train with Russian Revolutionary Aboard Send it Off to Russia ‘Like a Plague Bacillus’ Special to The Great War Project (9 April) The Allies are confronted with a clever political stratagem, conceived by the Germans and designed to knock Russia out of the war. On April 8th a century ago, the Germans prepare the…

EXTRA EXTRA – IT’S WAR!

U.S. To Go to War With Germany, House and Senate Say Yes to War. President Signs War Declaration. Special to The Great War Project (6 April) – For two days round-the-clock, members of the House and Senate are debating a resolution that would bring the United States into the war against Imperial Germany. The Senate…

WAR IS IN THE AIR

Wilson Prepares Congress for Conflict, But No Declaration Yet. The Shell-Shocked Words of a Poet. Special to The Great War Project (2 April) Pro-war meetings break out in rapid succession across the United States. “As March turned to April,” writes historian Margaret Wagner, “pro-war mass meetings occurred in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Denver, and Manchester, New…

WAR FEVER BUILDS IN U.S.

Wilson’s Cabinet Votes for War But Disagreement on How to Support It. Thousands Meet, Cheer for War. Special to The Great War Project (26 March) Stalemate, bloody and murderous stalemate — that’s the state of play for the contending powers at this moment in the Great War, a century ago. Even as Russia plunges into…

RUSSIA OUT? THE U.S. IN?

Turmoil Among the Allies Who Will Fight the War Now? Special to The Great War project. (13-18 March) On March15th a century ago, under intense pressure and with no possibility of retaining his crown, Tsar Nicholas the Second of Russia abdicates the throne. He turns over the monarchy to his son. “I request all to…

ALL EYES ON RUSSIA

Strikes, Violence, Martial Law Hit Russian Capital. The First Russian Revolution Begins. Special to The Great War Project. (9-12 March) On March 10th a century ago, Russia is facing a real revolution. “As a general strike began in Russia,” writes historian Martin Gilbert, “Martial Law was declared in Petrograd.” Tsar Nicholas faces heavy pressure to abdicate…

WILL THE U.S. ENTER THE WAR?

Debate Sharpens Amidst Submarine Attacks, Secret Plotting. Britain Regaining Offensive; Russia Collapsing. Special to The Great War Project. (5 March) Across the globe a century ago, events are speeding up, with the United States hurtling toward war. “The Zimmerman telegram was published in the United States on March 1st,” reports historian Martin Gilbert. Many in…

PRESSURE ON U.S. INTENSIFIES

Wilson to Congress: I Am a Man of Peace, But U.S. Must Arm American Ships. The Slow, Slow Creep to War. Special to The Great War Project (26 February) With President Woodrow Wilson’s decision to break diplomatic relations with Germany a century ago, debate about possible American entry into the war heightens. “Debate about the…