World War I was the first long, deadly, and mechanized war in world history, which resulted in a total of thirty eight million civilian casualties. WWI started in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Hungary. WWI lasted for four years and consisted of several dreadful battles between the Allies (France, Britain, Italy and Russia) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria). The war ended by signing the Treaty of Versailles, but the war was not resolved; instead, WWII sparked a couple years later. The conflict of WWI was caused by intimidating nationalism and alliances between countries created two opposing sides, the Central Powers and Allies, but there was no clear resolution to the war; the Central Powers were not satisfied with the results of the war and WWII happened twenty years later.
Although the end of World War I did not resolve any of the conflicts that prompted the war, it had multiple effects on the world in a variety of different ways. It helped the United States to make policies that would help, and also hurt the economy. Fears created from the war brought political changes, and with all the political and economic changes, there was a large magnitude of cultural differences as well. All of these changes brought the U.S. closer to where it is today. There were many presidents that took office from the start of the war to the end, President Theodore Roosevelt was the president in office when the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the FBI, was created.
Many factors played into the start of World War I like nationalism, the arms race, the lack of balance of power, Sebians assassinating the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, and alliances, but there is one big cause you can argue that started the war. Tension between and within countries caused leaders of the countries and groups to spark rebellions of the groups, and one thing after another a World War was on their hands. Germany's tensions between France and Russia started alliances. Serbia had sparked the first rebellion by trying to gain independence from the mother country Austria. Europe was thought to be in a strong position, but at the end of 1918 the position was reduced.
There are five major causes to World War I, militarism, alliances, nationalism, imperialism, and the spark that ignited the war; the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. The European powers did not make any active effort for more internationalist/cooperative policy that would have been the antithesis for the growing causes of World War I. It would only be after World War II and to some extent the European Union that would encourage Europeans to work together instead of turning the continent into a wasteland every few decades. Firstly, I would argue nationalism is the starting point for World War I. During the Industrial revolution, nationalism became an important driving force in European countries to industrialize and make technological progress.
Austria-Hungary’s Cause of World War I The trigger of one gun being pulled caused the death of 17 million people. On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife of Austria-Hungary were shot and killed by 19-year-old Serbian Nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, during a motorcade after an unsuccessful attempt at bombing Ferdinand. Because of the Triple Entente of France, Britain, and Russia and the Triple Alliance of Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Italy, this event started a chain reaction.
Causes of World War I World War I was the bar fight of all bar fights and was expected to end quickly. Unfortunately, the treacherous battle field held soldier's longer than expected. At first, Europe had been flourishing with colonies worldwide and had developed in technology greatly.
There were a variety of underlying causes in World War I. They were militarism, alliances, nationalism, and a mix of imperialism. Before the war Nations started to build up their arms (DBQ: What Were the Underlying Causes of World War 1, 2010, Doc 7) making a competition for dominance, and alliances are formed making powerful armies. Nations produced propaganda infuriating the citizens and giving the pride in their nation which led to nationalism. Nationalism is a patriotic feeling for your nation, causing new literature relating to the war, for example this poem “When Britain first at Heaven's command Arose from out the azure Main; This was the charter of the land, And guardian angels sand this strain;...
Through the course of World War 1, technology has seen a rapid advancement and played a major role within the war as well. One specific type of technology that we truly saw advance and contribute to the war, were aircrafts. At the beginning of World War 1 no one would ever imagine aircrafts would play a big part in the war as much as they did and some even believed aircrafts were not cut-out for war. French Army Marshal Ferdinand Foch stated “The aircraft is all very well for sport- for the army it is useless”, but wasn 't he wrong. The war first started with the use of large ships called Zeppelins.
Nationalism and Overconfidence in WWI The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 marked the beginning of a turbulent four years of global-scale warfare (Dutton 698). However, the assassination was not the sole motive for the beginning of World War I and there were, in fact, a myriad of underlying issues that exacerbated the situation. Alliances made between countries served to complicate things and made many countries feel obligated to participate.
In the end, no was at peace. The war was fought between mostly the European nation, like Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Turkey. It was fought mainly in France, Italy, Russia, and Turkey. This was the “Great War,” a war to end all wars. It was fought through tanks, airplanes, gas, trenches, machine guns, and more.