Mike Shuster

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…

A FIGHT OVER HUNGER

Food is Running Out, for Allies and Adversaries. If U.S. Enters War, Germans Gamble American Help Won’t Reach Europe Soon Enough. Special to The Great War Project. (12-19 February) War exhaustion at this moment of the Great War a century ago is plaguing all the major combatants: Britain and France, Germany and Austria, and Russia.…

GERMANY WOOS THE MEXICANS

Secretly Temps Them To Join German Side. Germany Sinks American Ship; U.S. Breaks Relations Special to The Great War Project. (6 February) A clandestine German plot is underway, designed to counter an eventual American decision to get into the war. The plot is the handiwork of Dr. Arthur von Zimmermann, Germany’s newly appointed foreign minister.…

CRISIS IN RUSSIA

Casualties in the Millions; Enormous Desertions. Revolution in the Air. Special to The Great War Project (15-21 January) The situation in the Russian army is precarious and desperate. At this moment in the war a century ago, Russia had so far, writes historian Adam Hochschild, “suffered a staggering six million war casualties. “Its huge clumsy…