USM Open Source History Text: The World at War: World History 1914-1945


With a quick glance at this 1910 map, one encounters the existence of the word "empire" repeatedly. The persistence of what strikes us as an antiquated political concept, empire, was still a common political arrangement at the turn of the 20th century. And yet, most empires were on the verge of decline or collapse -- most would not survive WWI. In this sense, this is a highly unstable map with the Russian Empire, the Chinese Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire destined for oblivion in a matter of mere 10 years.

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