Ideas And Ideology In The First World War

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Ideas and Ideologies have made a significant contribution to the outbreak of modern wars. At various moments nationalism, imperialism, communism, fascism and even liberalism have been portrayed as significant influences on the conduct of ideologically driven wars. That ideologies and ideas may play a significant role in the conduct of warfare is beyond doubt. But what is also significant is that wars do not leave the ideas that promoted the outbreak of military conflict untouched. (Furedi 11) Since the dawn of history, wars have been based on ideas and ideologies of politicians who make the decision to pursue. Politicians’ ideas are always a motivation for wars. Furthermore, narrow nationalism, imperialism, communism, fascism, capitalism and liberalism had an impact on the conduct of ideologically driven wars. Nationalism, for instance, was one of the ideologies that led to the outbreak of the First World War. Leaders utilized it to achieve their colonial ambitions, and to have their share of expansion, hegemony, and superiority. It became the other manifestation of pragmatism. Political imperial ideas of the First World War made it one of the most imperial wars in the history of human beings. As a result, the five major powers of Europe –Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France and Britain had to make tremendous sacrifices to keep their powers, and to have their share of expansion of territories. The People of Europe, during the First World War, did their best to achieve
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