More powerful European power in 1900: Italian or German Empire?

More powerful European state in 1900?

  • German Empire

    Votes: 29 93.5%
  • Italian Empire

    Votes: 2 6.5%

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Sep 2016
1,324
Georgia
I don't think that's true at all. While Germany was an economic powerhouse locally, France could draw on the resources of her colonies around the world. In 1900, the French were Britain's competitors, not the Germans.
Germany would defeat France in prolonged war.

Population of France by 1914 - 39 millions
Population of Germany by 1914 - 67 millions
 

Rodger

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Jun 2014
6,171
US
You mean like Rapunzel? ;)
You jest, but at one time her hair was to the middle of her knees. ;) She donated that for wigs for cancer. It is now about to her rear end. She can intricate braid it by herself . A real feminine nordic girl. :love:
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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SoCal
You jest, but at one time her hair was to the middle of her knees. ;) She donated that for wigs for cancer. It is now about to her rear end. She can intricate braid it by herself . A real feminine nordic girl. :love:
Is she going to donate the lion's share of her now-extremely long hair for wigs for cancer patients as well? ;)
 
Jan 2017
1,309
Durham
Germany would defeat France in prolonged war.

Population of France by 1914 - 39 millions
Population of Germany by 1914 - 67 millions
Yes, Germany had an advantage over the French, so it says a lot for the French that they kept at it with the Germans.

Britain too was a smaller nation than Germany, but we had resources to call on around the world just as France did, but that said the French didn't have the financial clout that we had.

Nevertheless, France was our global competitor, not Germany. Germany was only powerful in continental Europe and we had no business there. So, to return to the point I replied to, Germany was not our competitor. Our compeitors were France and Russia.
 
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Sep 2016
1,324
Georgia
Yes, Germany had an advantage over the French, so it says a lot for the French that they kept at it with the Germans.

Britain too was a smaller nation than Germany, but we had resources to call on around the world just as France did, but that said the French didn't have the financial clout that we had.

Nevertheless, France was our global competitor, not Germany. Germany was only powerful in continental Europe and we had no business there. So, to return to the point I replied to, Germany was not our competitor. Our compeitors were France and Russia.
Number of British forces on the Western Front constantly increased with each new year. There was also a British blockade, which seriously damaged German economy. Not to mention, that Germany also had to fight on the Eastern Front against Russia.

Germany would always have an advantage over France on the Western Front in terms of mobilizing manpower, because it didn't need to call on resources around the world and transport them to mainland. Such actions take a lot of time and money. Deployment of those colonial forces also won't happen simultaneously.

Plus, Warfare in 20th century was not just about manpower. It was also about the economy and industrial power of the countries.
 
Sep 2016
1,324
Georgia
Yes, Germany had an advantage over the French, so it says a lot for the French that they kept at it with the Germans.

Britain too was a smaller nation than Germany, but we had resources to call on around the world just as France did, but that said the French didn't have the financial clout that we had.

Nevertheless, France was our global competitor, not Germany. Germany was only powerful in continental Europe and we had no business there. So, to return to the point I replied to, Germany was not our competitor. Our compeitors were France and Russia.
Number of British forces on the Western Front constantly increased with each new year. There was also a British blockade, which seriously damaged German economy. Not to mention, that Germany also had to fight on the Eastern Front against Russia.

Germany would always have an advantage over France on the Western Front in terms of mobilizing manpower, because it didn't need to call on resources around the world and transport them to mainland. Such actions take a lot of time and money. Deployment of those colonial forces also won't happen simultaneously.

Population of Great Britain by 1914 - 43 millions
Population of France by 1914 - 39 millions

France + Great Britain by 1914 - 82 millions

Plus, Warfare in 20th century was not just about manpower. It was also about the economy and industrial power of the countries.