Democracy and First World War
?In the event of a war, I hope and I wish that the German Socialists owe them of war?. This declaration of Gustav Noske, German politician, at the beginning of the 20th century meant that the participation in war would imply certain crucial changes in practical policies. These range from the cause of the evolutions which the democracy faced during the First World War. It is necessary to understand at the same time about the institutionalized democratic political regime. Etymologically this word means that the political regime refers to the sovereign nature of the people and also the principles which are carried on accompanying this model. These comprise the great principles of individual freedom and also the political principle of equality. Within the framework of the study of the evolution of the democracy during the First World War, this document will pay attention only to the countries which were affected by the war during the period 1914 ? 1918. These consist of Europe, Russia and the United States. How did the First World War constitute a bracket during which the democracy was put at evil? This paper will reason out this phenomenon and also throw some light on the negative effects of this war.
The aim here is to show that the First World War caused a decline of democracy around the world, even within states, and carriers of this iconic model. To do this, this paper will first show that the democracy during the war was a managed democracy where national security took precedence over individual freedoms. Then it will show how it often means a loss of some liberal economic principles, usually advocated by the democracies. Finally, it will show that democracies are gradually transformed during the war in systems that can be described as technocratic gerontocratic and ultimately of democracy.
The framework of the populations is a significant point in the attitude of governments during the war, especially since it is a practice that is usually not used by states outside of the war. This constitutes a significant change in democratic regimes. This framework is first practiced against foreign populations, and among other long-established communities, but which have since entering the war become enemies because of their nationality. One example is of the German minorities living in England, who are constantly monitored. France, goes a step further, by using the expulsion of German communities. They were suddenly seen as threatening and unacceptable to the French territory.
Tags: First World War ; democracy; negative effects of the war on nationalities