On April 22, 1916 German troops began to round up Beligain workers for Deportation to Germany (Interactive WWI timeline). The Belgians were very scared about what was going to happen to them. They also thought about what they left behind and if their house would still be standing if they got back, but more importantly if they were going to make it back alive. On May 10, 1916 Submarine warfare is suspended and Woodrow Wilson threatened breaking of relations with Germany (Interactive WWI timeline). Then a huge battle broke out.
1. World War I was caused by aggressive nationalism, military power and imperialism. The large military alliances and navy and arms race also contributed to World War I. But the key event that caused the First World War was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. And then a very destructive war broke out in 1914.
Many of the effects of the war are still evident in today. World War I began as a European conflict, only gradually did it develop into a world war (Ross, 6). The growing tensions between the European countries were caused by militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism. The first cause, militarism, is known as the trend toward developing military resources, both for national defense and for the protection of colonial interests. Militarism denoted a rise in military expenditure and it increased in military and naval forces.
In July 28, 1914 to November 11,1918 World War 1 took place where over 17 million lives were lost and over 20 million wounded soldiers. This war was between Britain, France, Russia, Italy and the United States against Germany, and Austria-Hungary. The main cause of World War 1 was militarism where many European countries kept increasing their size of their army and navy without a war going on. In the article “What Was the Underlying Cause of World War 1?” it shows an example of how militarism was the main cause of World War 1. In the article it says, “But otto von Bismarck the Chancellor of Prussia who led the unification of Germany was sandwiched between Russia and France.” The article talks about how Germany was landlocked by Russia and France.
Fascism under Mussolini and Nazism under Hitler started to rise in Europe during the interwar periods. Both totalitarian governments brought great impact to their nations and international peace, which eventually led to the outbreak of WWII. The German economy suffered severe setbacks after the end of World War I, partly because of reparations payments required under the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. The government printed money to make the payments and to repay the country's war debt; the resulting hyperinflation led to inflated prices for consumer goods, economic chaos, and food riots. When the government failed to make the reparations payments in January 1923, French troops occupied German industrial areas along the Ruhr.
Leading Causes of World War I World War I was one of the bloodiest wars that this world has ever seen. An estimated eight and a half million people were killed (Adelblue “An End to the Great War”). World War I began in 1914 and lasted for four long years. Almost all of Europe was involved, and several alliances were formed, the Triple Alliance, being Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. While France, Russia, and Britain became early on allies.
luence of Culture and a Strong Sense of Nationalism in the Early Twentieth Century Developments that occurred in the early 20th century deeply impacted the formation of the United States. A strong sense of national identity and unity emerged over this time period. Advancements in technology dramatically improved the American lifestyle. The melting pot in the country blossomed through the influx of immigrants especially in the 1900’s. However, the economy suffered a significant downfall that devastated the lives of countless people.
Since trade was boosted, Americans came to accumulate a large amount of debt to the British creditors. (Henretta & Brody, 2010) In order to extract money from the colonist to repay their debt, the British then began to place tariffs on many common items that had no reason to be taxed. The colonies felt the same way and even though they had an underlying debt, they felt that this was the improper way to go about collection repayment.
Multimedia propaganda has been used since the beginning of the 20th century by almost every country to promote a political cause or point of view by “attempt[ing] to influence the emotions, attitudes, or behavior of a group, in order to benefit the sponsor”(1) All forms of propaganda are known for providing biased or misleading information. During World War II, each nation used different techniques to create propaganda posters, movies, and songs. By using negative and positive symbols, respected people, slogans to evoke fear or hatred, and persuasion, countries overall gained public support for the war. The world today still practices the usage of multimedia propaganda, and there is actually such a large production of propaganda that it is
Germany was required to pay 132 billion gold marks, or 367 billion US dollars, over a course of thirty years (C, Source 2). This evidence supports the idea that the reparation payments helped cause World War Two because it not only angered the Germans, it also humiliated them. Due to this anger and humiliation, Germany paid little of these payments in the 1920s (C, Source 2). In 1933, German Adolf Hitler came into power and ceased all reparation payments. Germany also lost significant land because of The Treaty of Versailles such as Alsace and Lorraine.