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During this podcast, professors Margaret Macmillan, Sean Mcmeekin, and
news analyst Jack Beatty, discuss how World War I came about, how we can
relate to it today, what it has taught us, and relations with other
countries. Margaret Macmillian, professor at the University of Oxford,
author of multiple books including “The War That Ended Peace” and “Paris
1919”, started out the podcast with discussing how much has changed
since World War I and how it has effected us since. Later she goes on to
talk about how many deaths World War I was responsible for. It was
interesting but saddening to learn that so many lives were taken from
this barbaric war. It was said that 9 million died and twice as many
were wounded. On top of that, after the war the Influenza Virus took
hold like a wildfire and killed so many more. Some believe that this
virus was so strong and spread so quickly because of the constant
relocationing of the troops during the war. Macmillian also cautions us
that although history can help us by making sure we don’t repeat our
mistakes in the past, history isn’t like blueprints The concepts of our
problems are the same, but the situations and factors that go in to play
are different.  Another professor featured in this podcast, Sean
Mcmeekin, is a professor at Koc University in Instanbul, Turkey and also
the author of “July 1914: The Russian Origins of the First World War”.
He was asked, by interviewer Tom Ashbrook, whether or not we today could
be building up tension for another world war, and if we should be
worried by the way conflicts are arising today if we should reflect on
what we learned from War World I. On Point news analyst, and author of
“The Lost History of 1914: How the Great War Was not Inevitable”, Jack
Beatty, had already answered this question just before by saying of
course there was some tension leading to the war, but people didn’t
believe in war until after it already started. People would question it
but the thought of it actually happening didn’t cross their minds.  This
made it that much easier to push conflicts leading up to the war to
their breaking point. Considering that, Ashbrook’s question seems very
reasonable since they didn’t see war coming till it was already there,
how do we know we aren’t about to fall into the same thing as the people
before us?  Mcmeekin added on to this by saying he doesn’t think
history repeats itself in such that way.For example in wars before 1914,
involving countries such as Italy, you could defiantly see the tension
rising and it was clear it was leading to a war. Another topic Mcmeekin
also touched on was how China today resembles Russia in 1914. He then
discusses the similarity of how history in 1914 did not prepare us for
war just like they were not prepared for the Black Swan aircraft attack.
History can help to guide but still can not account for the possible
factors and the unpredictable. One of the final points that Beatty made
was explaining what “chain ganging” was and telling why he felt it was
important. He explained that chain gaining just meant a secret alliance
that normally occurs by the weaker being encouraged by the stronger.
Beatty went on to say that once these alliances started, it caused a
sort of domino effect that no one felt they could back out of. He gave
an example that we could see today by talking about the US’s
relationship with Japan. This is very important when talking about the
cause of World War I because it is probable that chain ganging was one
of the main causes. Chain ganging wasn’t the only important topic in
this podcast. This entire podcast was filled with important information
that I really enjoyed getting to learn about. One unique thing that was
included in this podcast that made it even more enjoyable was the music,
songs, and recordings of people from around the time of the war.