How Did World War 1 Affect The Modern World

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On August third, 1914, on the night that England first entered World War I, British statesman Edward Grey wrote, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life.” Many people in Europe died during the years that followed. People fought each other in the most dreadful ways. Everyone was affected in some way. Despite World War I being the biggest war in modern history to date, what it really did that was even worse is that it set the stage for World War II. First the assassination of Gavrilo Princip lead to the Great War as it was known at the time. Next when the war developed it changed warfare for the better or worse using tanks planes and toxic gas. Finally it all ended using the the Treaty of Versaille. First, on June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and that led to the biggest war the world had ever seen. Tensions in Europe have been growing before the war broke out and the assassination created a spark to ignite World War I in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Austria-Hungary blamed the Serbian government for the attack, and wanted to declare war on the Soviet Union, of which Serbia was a member. They…show more content…
During the time there were many technological and scientific advances that contributed to warfare. According to Ducksters, the many advances in science and technology introduced in World War I “changed the nature of warfare including battle strategies and tactics”(Ducksters 1). Planes were first used as scouting vehicles, but latter used as offence by attaching a mounted machine gun and were able to drop bombs. Trench warfare were made by digging trenches in order to protect soldiers from aircraft bombings. Tanks were invented so that soldiers could cross the “No man’s land” between trenches. Gas grenades were first used by Germans in order to poison the allied forces, but became less effective when they used gas
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