Today, we discuss the polarization of Europe’s geopolitical system, along with the naval arms race between Britain and Germany.
As Christopher Clark says – “If you compare a diagram of the alliances among the European great powers in 1887 with a similar map for the year 1907, you see the outlines of a transformation. The first diagram reveals a multipolar system, in which a plurality of forces and interests balance each other in precarious equilibrium. Move forward twenty years to a diagram of the European alliances in 1907, and the picture has changed utterly. You see a bipolar Europe organized around two alliance systems”
Well how did this all happen? Listen to this episode to find out.
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