To start, what is militarism? ‘‘Militarism,defined as the belief in military deterrence, or the reliance on military strength to defend one's nation and its values,or aggressive foreign policy’’ In early 1900s, both the triple alliance and triple entente began to increase its military force, ‘‘Between 1910 and 1913, France increased its army expenditures by 7.6 percent, Russia by 21 percent, and Germany by 105 percent’’ Every country wanted to have a strong army in order to defeat the other, therefore, the arms race began.As a result, many countries were prepared for
In conclusion Imperialism was a big cause of WW1, because with all countries fighting about capturing or colonizing land, they can’t come on an agreement that should get what. Every country wants as much as it can get. Countries were caused to create tensions between each other and declare war on each other if even something small happened. All these countries needed were an excuse or get dragged in by alliance in order to go war so they would have more land and could feel more
The Causes of the First World War Carmen There were quite a few causes of the first world war (WW1). The long-term causes were the militarism, alliance system, imperialism and nationalism- MAIN. The short-term cause was the fact that Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia for killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. I personally think the most significant cause to WW1 is the alliance system and here, I will justify why I think like this. I think the most significant cause of WW1 was the alliance system.
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife by a nationalist triggered World War I. The incidents that led to the Great war had already occured back in the nineteenth century. Nationalism, imperialism and militarism were key factors that lead to the war. Being that nationalism is demonstrating pride in one 's country which many of the countries in Europe experience. Imperialism which is defined as political, military and economic domination of strong nations over weaker territories and militarism therefore played a role because of the glorification within the military and war itself.
Also even though World War 1 happened over 100 years ago, things that happened then can be connected to things that are happening today. One main cause of the war is Militarism. Militarism is “the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests” (Dictionary). Before the war
Imperialism, the leading cause of world war one, imperialism is the formation of a nation to an empire for political and economic gain. Imperialism is the leading cause because of two reasons, the sudden uprise of tension and pressure, and how it contributed to other main causes of the war. First reason, tension and pressure, before the war Britain’s and France’s economics and strength prospered through imperialism, which created tension between the other European countries. That tension, then began to put pressure on European countries to be on par with them, the pressure subsequently resulted in some counties attempting to forcibly take over the smaller colonies bringing on even more conflict. An example of such occurring would be how Kaiser Wilhelm felt he wasn’t being recognized enough for as one of the rulers of Europe and then attempted to take land in Africa under the British empire.
Another reason was the Japan wanted more power and the only way to receive that, would be to overcome more land. This explains how conflict theory was the cause of the war. Since, there were unequal amount of resources, which resulted in the lack of power. Consequently, the Japanese then decided to attack China to gain more resources through war. If the Japanese had succeeded, not only would they have more resources, but also, they would have more
The Soviets were correct to reject it as a threat” (Nye). This basically connects what most already know about capitalism to the probable motivations of Truman: self-benefit. The reason why America had made alliances and broke bread with foreign countries was not only due to its fear of the spread of communism, but also because of desires to expand and create capital for itself. The interest of money was placed over the interests of people. “Charles E. Wilson, the president of General Electric Corporation, was so happy about the wartime situation that he suggested a continuing alliance between business and the military for "a permanent war economy" (Zinn).
Although there were many past disputes between many of the European powers, it is not justifiable to say that the First World War was solely caused by the Alliance System, but rather that the following major factors: the Alliance System, militarism, nationalism and imperialism all acted as the underlying causes of the war and contributed to the tension that ultimately led to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and eventually, the outbreak of the first ever world war. Though there is much controversy over what ultimately caused the war, most historians agree that it was the assassination of the Archduke that sparked the start of World War 1, or the “Global war” as it later became known. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand