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Bourgeoisie, Aristocracy, Church, and Socialists Confront War and Revolution

From: The Great Class War 1914-1918

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Of an apparently unavoidable Great War, the industrial bourgeoisie expects

considerable economic advantages. But the other pillars of the elite, the nobility

and the church, also entertain high hopes with respect to the coming war.

The socialist parties remain revolutionary in theory, but in reality they believe

increasingly in an evolution toward socialism, and embrace “reformism.” Many

of them simultaneously abandon internationalism in favour of a socially tinted

nationalism known as “social chauvinism” . . .

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Jacques R. Pauwels

JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.