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(Red Scare)

The fear of a communist takeover was called a "Red Scare." During the late 1800s and early 1900s communists and other radical socialists chose the color "red" to symbolize their movement. Communists carried a red flag when they seized control of Russia in 1917. Many people in other countries then began to fear that the "reds" (communists) would try to takeover their country as well.After World War I, many Americans feared that communists were plotting to take control of the U.S. This fear came to be known as the Red Scare. Similar Red Scares took place after World War I in Italy and Germany. After World War II another Red Scare swept across the U.S. Americans once again feared that communist agents were sneaking into the U.S. and planning to destroy the American way of life.

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What caused the Naval reduction after World War 1?

Depends of which Navy you're talking about. Britain, (the world super power of the time) had been financially drained by WWI and a series of social reform spending. She decided that the '..War to end all wars..' meant that she didn't need to rebuild. On top of this, the Admiralty (Navy Department) thought the navy was O.K. This was due to something called "The fleet in being". This is a measure of how many ships you have, where they are etc. It does not take into account the condition of those ships, if you have men to crew them etc. On paper, Britain still had the world's most powerful navy and nobody really bothered to get up off their bums and have a proper look. Meanwhile, a little place called U.S.A. figured that because Britain had a terrific navy and was the super power and that countries like Russia, France, Japan and so on all had powerful armies or navies, then she (U.S.A.) had better bring herself up to speed. Of course by the beginning of the 20th century, America was alot more powerful then anyone really gave her credit for. Even the American politicians thought she needed more 'grunt'. So here we have U.S.A. embarking on major industrialisation (Henry FORD and similar tyre kickers), U.S. Navy, farm and industrial machinery; while Britain (and her former colonies), France, Belgium and Europe in general were downsizing. Britain because she was spending elsewhere (and not watching what a young corporal in Germany was trying to do); Europe because it was pretty broke and suddenly along comes the Great Depression. So life wasn't really a 'bowl of cherries' for the guys in white ice cream suits as they watched their toys falling apart whilst the kids across the puddle in U.S. were getting new shiny ones and Adolf was sneaking some through the back door.

How was the stalemate broken during World War 1?

Many mention the use of massed tanks (by British and Commonwealth forces) on 8 August 1918 at Amiens as important. Tanks were able to cross trenches and were well protected against machine-gun fire. (In this context, 'massed' means that a very large number of tanks were used in any place, instead of being spread thinly). During the time 1917-1918 the stalemate on the western front, which had lasted for almost three and a half years, was broken. The four main reasons for this break were the US entry into the war after the sinking of the passenger ship the RMS Lusitania carrying hundreds of Americans by a German U-boat, the German plan of attack called the ludendorff offensive and its failure, the British blockade of German ports and the new technology that was developed and used during the war.

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