Unforeseen consequences

On 7 May 1915 the Cunard Line's ocean liner, Lusitania, sunk to the Irish Sea's bottom, yet another victim of Imperial Germany's naval strategy to sink Entente vessels without warning. The sinking of the Lusitania is not only the result of the implementation of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare. The Lusitania's sinking is the unfortunate result of a series of decisions made over the course of 1914 and 1915 before her loss. If the aforementioned decisions had not been made then the a Lusitanian-like event would have been less likely to occur. 
The conclusion: The actions of the parties involved led to the stripping of protections afforded to non-combatant vessels, crews, and passengers. The loss of the Lusitania came about as a direct consequence of mutual escalation of the war at sea, the undermining of neutrality laws, and increasing disregard for international maritime agreements.
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Abstract/Description: On 7 May 1915 the Cunard Line's ocean liner, Lusitania, sunk to the Irish Sea's bottom, yet another victim of Imperial Germany's naval strategy to sink Entente vessels without warning. The sinking of the Lusitania is not only the result of the implementation of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare. The Lusitania's sinking is the unfortunate result of a series of decisions made over the course of 1914 and 1915 before her loss. If the aforementioned decisions had not been made then the a Lusitanian-like event would have been less likely to occur. The conclusion: The actions of the parties involved led to the stripping of protections afforded to non-combatant vessels, crews, and passengers. The loss of the Lusitania came about as a direct consequence of mutual escalation of the war at sea, the undermining of neutrality laws, and increasing disregard for international maritime agreements.
Subject(s): Undergraduate Research
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