The Meanings of 1917
AbstractNineteen-seventeen represents a watershed moment both when seen from our perspective today and in the views of contemporaries. This brief paper will try to put meaning and context to the changes, including the two Russian revolutions (in February and October), the entry of the United States into the First World War, and the Balfour Declaration pledging British support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. How much different would today’s world look without any one of them? Rather than recap these events from 1917, this brief paper will try to put meaning and context into them, especially as they relate to the conduct of the war in that year. Nineteen-seventeen was as much a watershed on the battlefield as it was off of it.
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