Show MoreWorld War I, also known as the First World War, was a global war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II, it was called simply the World War or the Great War, and thereafter the First World War or World War I. In America, it was initially called the European War. More than 9 million combatants were killed; a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved.
The war drew in all the world's great economic powers, which were…show more content…
This was caused because of militarism, alliances, imperialism and nationalism. The four main causes that started the first world war. Militarism was one of the causes of the causes of the World War 1. Militarism is a belief that a strong military/defense is important for a country to be successful. One example is that Robert E. Lee, an American career military officer, one said, “ I and the army were born for one another”. The Origins of the First World War suggest that Emile Zola thought war is important for the country to be successful because the author wrote, “ War is life itself. Nothing exists in nature,is born, grows or multiplies except by combat”(Document 1). This primary source helps explain militarism was an underlying cause of the war because it states with war, you can gain success and prosperity. The Origins of the First World War suggest that james joll thought that without a strong army and navy, heir country will be powerless, because in the text it states, “We realize that without power, without a strong army and a strong navy, there can be no welfare for us”(Document 8). This primary source helps explain militarism was an underlying cause of the war because it is suggesting the reader that without a powerful defense, there would be no welfare.
Alliances were one of the other main causes of the World War 1. Alliances was a strong positive relationship between countries that provide
The alliance system alone did not cause the First World War. It was the
result of a combination of factors which together shaped a European climate
which made the outbreak of a war inevitable. Assuming that the alliance
system was one of the factors involved, we must also assess events within
Europe which actually allowed the creation of the alliance system. The
primary origins of the First World War lie in the emergence of nationalism
and the new prominent power Germany, the Great Powers' desire for
colonisation and, ironically, a desperate longing for security which
triggered the arms race and the alliance system. Germany's foreign and naval
policies, combined with other European developments, elicited an Entente of
"defensive coalition" which, also because the terms of it were secret, heightened tensions within Europe. Therefore the alliance system was only an
unsuccessful response to European developments which were foreshadowing an eventual war.
Whilst trying to inhibit war, the alliance system actually
increased the likeliness of it and during later stages, when mobilisation
had begun, destroyed the chance of peace within Europe. But it cannot be
described as the cause of the First World War as such because other factors
which were operating, and without
which an alliance system would not have developed in the first place, were so severe that a war would have been probable with or without the alliance system.
An important factor which we must assess as a factor of World War One is the
legacy of the creation of the new German Empire which was established in
1871. The distribution of European Power was altered significantly and
Bismarck sought to stabilize Europe around the new German Empire. He was
aware of France's inevitable desire for revenge and for the return of
Alsace-Lorraine. Through skilful diplomacy he aimed...