When people think about a “World War” they imagine D-Day and the Nazi’s. The first thing to come to mind is not the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Though it should be; because that is the event that ignited WWI and set the stage for WWII, the Cold War, and beyond. While WWII is more popular due to the increased involvement of the U.S. and higher casualties, but WWI marked a new era in war technology, tactics, and foreign policy.
World War I was a very violent and unnecessary war that killed millions and left more wounded. There were many events leading up to it and various tensions throughout the European continent beforehand. Many factors led to the start of World War 1 but the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, alliances, and the creation of large of armies made the war come to fruition. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to Austria-Hungary throne, was a prominent figure who was assassinated by Serbian nationalists in Sarajevo.
the war. World war I, commonly called the great war, was a devastating 4 year tragedy that left Europe in shambles. Forewarning with the first and second Balkan wars that hardened the relationship between Austria-Hungary and Serbia, igniting with the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, and intensifying with the mobilization of Germany, all of Europe was plunged into the bloodshed within the summer of 1914. On the battlefield millions of lives were lost with trench warfare, flame throwers, and poisonous gas but the civilians of Europe suffered also.
The United States had for years been improving and growing rapidly. Away from the other world powers in Europe, they were able to avoid their conflicts for a long time, but that changed. America got involved in World War One and it affected some of their advancements. U.S imperialism was able to thrive in WWI, with America using the power to expand their empire. American progressivism however, fell between the cracks and disappeared for a long while during and after the war.
The progressive reform that had the greatest impact on American society was the 18th Amendment which made the producing, transporting, or selling of alcohol prohibited. It all began when the Anti-Saloon party gained an advantage during World War I. Women who began these reforms gained support because of their influence on the workforce. If the women had not helped by working men’s jobs during the war, it would not have been as easy. Another aspect of the war that contributed to the amendment's publication was the limited resources available. Since alcohol was made of food sources, many saw it as a waste of food supply that could have been used for “our boys at war”.
World War One has always been considered as one of the most significant international conflict which caused millions of people to die. The major countries that were involved were Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Britain, and France, and even some countries in Asia although it was not major war in Asia. There were many long term and short term causes that led to this war. It is considered that Imperialism, Nationalism, Militarism, and Alliance systems had influenced Europe. To a large extent, I think militarism was the main cause of starting World War One.
The rapid reforms taking place in America, as well as the hatred of Germany and Dewey's book, sparked immense liberal changes and the censorship of Germany in American education. Progressive education was created because educational reformers and society began changing their perspectives on schools. Children’s ideas and welfare became the main focus of school. The fear of Germany during World War I also caused schools to censor positive information about Germany. Progressive education provided the basis of society’s beliefs and ideas during World War I and would continue to affect America throughout history.
There shall be no annexations, no contributions, no punitive damages ... Self-determination is not a mere phrase. It is an imperative principle of action which statement will henceforth ignore at their peril ... Every territorial settlement involved in this war must be made in the interest and for the benefit of the populations concerned, and not as a part of any mere adjustment or compromise of claims amongst rival State.”
‘The First World War was the result of a series of unintended consequences.’ To what extent do you agree with this statement?’ ‘The First World War was the result of a series of unintended consequences.’ To what extent do you agree with this statement?’ ‘The First World War was the result of a series of unintended consequences.’
On November 11, 1918, the Great War came to an end. The allies had won and one thing was certain. The advancements in technological weaponry had guided us to victory. Among the advancements were tanks, submarines, flamethrowers, poison gas, and machine guns. But one advancement in particular allowed us to take the war off land.