Increasingly throughout the First World War, government faced the risk of their men mutinying, morale cracking, and civilians rising up in strikes and civil disobedience. Starting with Russia's Revolution of February 1917, the film examines the dangerous effects of war weariness, near fatal French Army mutinies, catastrophic Italian mass desertions and widespread British industrial unrest.
"Revolution" reveals that even as government worried about how to contain unrest on their own side, they also set agents working to exploit discontent and foment revolution among the enemy. Britain sponsored the Arab Revolt through Lawrence of Arabia, Germany backed Irish independence with arms for the Easter Rising and funded Lenin's Russian coup d'état in 1917. Revolution became a weapon of war, a way to hit the enemy from within. When Lenin pulled Russia out of the war, it vindicated all Germany's efforts to use subversion. Now half a million German soldiers were released for the Western Front.
Category: Education, History
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Television has tended to look at the First World War through a veil of tears, seeing only a tragic waste of life in the mud of Flanders. This definitive series strips away ninety years of myopia to get back to the reality of the war.
This was a global conflict from the start, involving nations in every continent and people of all classes and races. Using fresh archive footage and specially shot material from authentic locations in 22 countries, the multi-layered series demolishes myths and answers key questions from the origins of the war to its bitter end.
Universally acclaimed as one of the finest documentary series ever made about the Great War. The First World War is a powerful, original and truly comprehensive account of the conflict. It places the war in truly Global military context as never before, exploring many of the little known campaigns, battles and actions as well as the better known conflict on the Western Front. The series combines previously unseen footage from newly accessible archives in Central and Eastern Europe with exclusive film of many of the battlefields as they are today, studies key participants and weaponry, and diary entries and letters home from soldiers, officers and commanders.
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