Liberalism and Mobilization

Here is my most recent essay for the World War I course I’m taking from Mises Academy.


Liberalism and Mobilization During World War I

Based on the readings, how did the broad social and military mobilization for the war contradict the liberal civilization that Europe had developed by the last third of the 19th century?

In this essay we will first briefly define what liberalism means, and then explore the influence of liberalism during the late 19th century in Germany, France, Britain, Austro-Hungary, and Russia. After understanding the scope of liberalism, we will look at the consequences of mobilization and how this undermined liberalism.

Liberalism, as explained by history Ralph Raico, is “the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade.”

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