Sir Thomas Roe, an English diplomat and ambassador to Constantinople once said "The Ottoman Empire has the body of a sick old man, who tried to appear healthy, although his end was near." Definitely, the Ottoman Empire wouldn't stay strong and young forever. Due its fast and rapid success in expanding, having a strong court system, and having an efficient system of taxation, other great powers in Europe felt threatened. After all, if the empire was expanding and gaining much power quickly, it would be unexceptional for it to invade one of these great powers. Europe sensed the Ottoman jeopardy, so countries such as Britain, France, and Italy allied and plans were made to ensure the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
In 1914 a war that brought the world together, sparked by the assassination of Austria-Hungary’s heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, by an assassin from Serbia. Austria-Hungary coming to a point where they blamed Serbia for being behind the assassination requests that Germans back them up when they declare war on Serbia. But there was more to the cause of the World War 1 than what meets the eye. The competition between countries with who was more superior, the alliances that were made between many countries, imperialism that helped the countries obtain the resources they need for war, and their proud belief of nationalism that brought them the people the courage to go to war. Militarism was one of the 4 M.A.I.N causes to World
The cause of WW1 wasn’t just one event, but multiple things that added up: classes, nationalism, and alliances between countries. As the war was about to start, the countries prepared for battle, although they didn’t know the outcome but they were ready to fight to the death. By 1914, the power key that was imperial alliances had been given a crucial spark; the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand triggered series of war declarations that would eventually grow into the most devastating war the world had ever experienced. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was nephew Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, (heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne) was one of the main reasons that WW1 was put into place.
The document reprinted from “The Origins of the First World War” by James Joll states, “Our whole race must stand together to halt the onslaught of these aliens from the North.” Colonel Dimtrevic was referring to Slavic people when talking about the whole “race”. He was trying to unite everyone behind the one cause because everyone had the same thing to lose. Dimtrevic was using nationalism to justify war because he was trying to tell Serbia that they were the best, and that their beliefs were better than those of Austria, motivating them to win the war. Another way Nationalism helped World War One begin were the demands Austria-Hungary made of Serbia. An
Document C includes both the Russian and the British national anthems and since they both had such great pride for their countries that when they were threatened by the triple alliance they didn’t take that lightly. All the countries involved in the war believed that they were the best and had the best methods therefore they wanted to win the war and be able to spread what they think is best. Document F narrows down on how Germany felted before the war had started. They wanted to be heard and recognized as one of the major nations in Europe because they had the power. Since the blame was put onto Germany it could be said that an underlying cause of this terrible war would be Germany’s need to show their power which made the other countries around them
The third reason why Germany caused World War 1 is because Germany had the opportunity to start a war that would gain them land. Germany was an industrial powerhouse, and once again Document C shows that Germany had the most money to spend on armies and navies. With Germany spending approximately 115 million British pounds, exceeding Russia 's 90 million British points spent on armaments, it can be inferred that Germany took this opportunity to start a war. Germany knew that a war would help them gain land and remove their burden. Using Austria-Hungary 's war, Germany definitely had the opportunity to side with Austria-Hungary and obtain Russia to relieve their burden.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that the main cause of World War 1 was Imperialism. Imperialism was the main cause because of the geographic changes and the economic issues with all the countries. I’m not saying that being educated about WW1 will stop any war because war is inevitable but it is a start. It is a huge milestone because our country knows what would be in the long run after every little
Throughout the Ottoman empires reign, works or literature was composed and passed through which focused on the glorious history of Serbia before the Ottoman rule. This was became a powerful inspiration to Serbian people who seeked for freedom under the Ottoman rule. Another cause was the resurrection of the Serbian patriarchate which reminded people if the Serbian rule. The church maintained old Serbian traditions of medieval Serbia which encouraged the rise of nationalism and national identity, one of the key causes of the Serbian revolution. Explain the background to the Revolution.
These countries would form a series of unions to finally emerge as more influential states. As nationalists were behind these movements, other countries in Europe feared what would happen next. If the nationalists in other parts of Europe could unite and now prove to be rivals, what would then happen to the general order of politics for the rest of Europe? The very fabric of peace that had followed the wars of the early 19th Century was
WORLD WAR I: Germany waged World War I in 1914 due to their increasing fear of the rise of Russia. Russia had a much greater potential power than Germany due to their sizeable land mass and increasingly industrialized economy. While Germany was widely regarded as the predominant military state in Europe, by 1917, Russia would overtake them. Russia’s future intentions were unclear, and Germany preferred major war instead of a dominant state of immense size and power. Therefore, in 1912, Germany began preparations to enact major war that could (hopefully) be blamed on Russia.
Imperialism was a big impact on the late 1800’s leading into the early 1900’s with counties like the British, Spanish, Russia, and Germany pushing to gain more land in different counties. This would lead to an arms race and the buildup which would lead into World War 1. Many different alliance were made if another country would attack another other countries would help with the fight. This would keep peace till the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. This was a large impact because a Serbian killed him forcing Germany to against Russia.
Although the people during that time period thought that the war was going to end quickly, simply because it was between Austria and Serbia, the war surprisingly included many other strong countries because of nationalism especially regarding the Balkan colonies wanting to be self-governed. But meanwhile, after Austria-Hungary proclaimed war with Serbia, countries from the Triple Entente later joined into war in a matter of time. As shown in Document A: the European Alliances and nations are shown on a map. The nations then started to pick sides. Austria-Hungary and Germany formed the Central Powers and then Great Britain, Russia, and France formed the Allies.
Not only did was this a threat to everyone, but military leaders began to gain more power in the say of politics. (25-1b, Spielvogel) This actually ended up pushing political leaders to make decisions based on militant reasons for the fear that if they did not they would create mass chaos within their armies. (25-1b, Spielvogel) This was evident in the crisis of the summer if 1914 where many saw the dangers in the combination of the Serbians wanting their own nation and the Russian opposition to Austria. (25-1c, Spielvogel) Combine these two major factors with the governments thinking that a war would suppress internal strife and you have a the powerful mixture that caused World War
Having allies with another nation wasn’t a bad thing, but it did cause distrust between nations and it also caused them to fight for an alliance. Document A ‘‘European Alliances, 1914’’ shows us the different types of alliances that nations had with each other. Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy were known as the Triple Alliance. There was also the Triple Entente, an alliance between France, Great Britain and Russia. Alliances helped cause the war because nations would be against each other and they would also want to be dominant.
All the alliances were already preparing themselves for a massive war to take over eventually. Serbia, being in an alliance with Russia, was the first to challenge Austria. Serbia wanted to become their own country and not depend on another country but, Austria was not about to let that go easily. Serbia eventually grew this hate between the people of Austria and likewise with the Austrian people. Hate is what ultimately lead to the assassination and what became the beginning of the Great