Virginia Woolf

Madness and War

Summary Madness and War

In 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated the Arch Duke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. This was the most visible catalyst of the Great War, but tensions had been building in Europe for years, with Germany, France, Britain, Russia and Austria-Hungary growing more nationalist, more territorial and more hungry for power. On August 1st, Germany declared war on Russia. Two days later, it declared war on France. Great Britain, France, Russia, Serbia, and Belgium joined forces as the Allies against the Central Powers, made up of Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. On April six, 1917, America would enter the war. It was the largest war in world history up to that point, and it disrupted the lives of nearly everyone in the countries involved in the conflict, including Woolf. Considered quite small in this context, the delay in the publication of The Voyage Out was due to the outbreak of World War One. The public would have to wait another few years before they first heard from Virginia Woolf.

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