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In the year 1914 a war swept across the continent of Europe and drew in military forces from all areas of the globe This war is known today and forever more as World War I and is etched in history books as one of the major political turning points for many of the countries throughout Europe By 1914 the rival alliances nationalism imperialism as well as an arms race had brought Europe to the brink of war The spark came with the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary Tension had been building for years between Austria-Hungary and Serbia and because the killer was Serbian Austria-Hungary used the murder as an excuse to retaliate Before disengaging force Austria consulted its main ally Germany who quickly agreed to defend Austria and set no limits on their support Beyond these freshly sprung battlefields raged an entirely different war a war between genders A war fought purely on the basis of equality that took root far across the ocean in the United States during the mid 1800s This war is known as womens suffrage and is still a raging battle throughout many areas of the world today Womens suffrage in Germany had been a growing turmoil for decades before the start of the war but the role women played throughout the war helped to bring their suffrage movement to a culminating point that brought them closer to victory The position of women in Germany during World War I was one where they were pulled out of their families and into the public life helping them to gain further victory in their battle of womens suffrage It became apparent that if the war was ultimately to be won by fighting men at the front the country was in need of the active support and co-operation of German civilians in the rear Women who could take the places of absent men in factories fields
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