Historian Margaret MacMillan sees parallels between the lead-up to World War I and today's instability in the face of rising Russian nationalism. She says the West failed to appreciate Russia's feeling of humiliation after the Cold War. She warns against dangerous miscalculations and for a strong response to Putin.
World War I was a massive conflict. Ten million soldiers died and whole empires disintegrated. At the end, the winners carved up the spoils. There are lessons in that ending, not necessarily the ones we've been taught.
When the British and French divided their spoils after World War I, Britain got three former provinces of the Ottoman Empire, which became Iraq. Jeb Sharp describes the Anglo-Iraqi relationship and its legacy.
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