In May of 1915, Germany and Britain were about ready to start World War I(Simpson 14). World War I had started in 1914, but did not get into full gear until after the sinking of the Lusitania. Germany had sent out warnings to America and Britain about the German U-boats lurking in shallow waters (Protasio 20). Any boat that came near them would be targeted.
Britain had a large and powerful navy. Germany wanted to have the same thing too, or even bigger and better. All the countries felt like they had to build up their militaries to keep up with everyone else. Not just one of the four causes takes the blame for starting WWI. All of these things: imperialism, nationalism, alliances, and militarism combined to make a large war, involving many countries, which took several years to
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?”
After the sinking of Lusitania, Wilson made a pact with Germany for them to stop sinking civilian ships using their U-boats. Germany agreed with this proposal, and the conflict seemed to die down for a time. However, the Germans broke this agreement and violated the trust of the Americans yet again. German U-boats had started to sink several American merchant ships. These attacks took place all over the North Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans.
The document from London Times History of the World the two countries of Great Britain and Germany had in there army two times and its navy 3 times its original size from 1890 to 1914. This led many countries to be concerned and aware that they could be attacked by these two countries. As told from Bernhard von Bulow in his article “The Hammer or the Anvil” he writes “We don 't want to step on the toes of any foreign power, but at the same time we don 't want our own feet trampled by any foreign power… no welfare for us without power, without a strong army and a strong fleet.” Bulow explains that the only way to prosper as a country is to militarize because of the fear of becoming an anvil to another country. Nevertheless militarizing did not cause the war
To begin, During the Great War, the U.S. was in an economic slump, and the war was a means of jumping out of this recession. The U.S. merchants began trading arms with the Allies, especially Britain. To stop this, Germany initiated the Unrestricted Submarine Warfare policy. Unrestricted submarine warfare meant that whenever German U-boats saw ships or vehicles which were not under the control of the Central Powers or were believed to carry goods for the Allies, they destroyed them.
German submarine warfare was a new type of strategy that broke a one hundred year rule that restricted naval warfare. Though the sinking of these American ships may not have tempted the U.S. into joining the war, the secret communications between Mexico and Germany certainly did. Germany secretly offered U.S. territory to Mexico if they promised to join the war on the side of Germany in exchange. This offer was sent through a telegram to Mexico City, but Great Britain intercepted the message and shared the information with the United States. This event led to the United States declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917.
WWI (1914-1918) was a disastrous conflict between two sides - the Allied Powers and the Central Powers. It resulted in the victory of the Allies. There were plenty of Central Powers weaknesses, the Schlieffen plan, weak allies of Germany and their hard economic situation at the end of the WWI. However, it was not only due to these weaknesses, Allied Powers had a few strengths, that made them won. The most important of these are : greater army, control of the sea and support of the USA since 1917, while Germany was already running out of supplies and soldiers.
Since the beginning of the war, sea power was influential
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.
Militarism, the glorification of the military, affected most of Europe at the turn of the twentieth century as demonstrated by Documents 1 and 7. Military spending in three of the major powers in Europe, Great Britain, France, and Germany, more than doubled per capita from 1870 to 1914, according to Document 1. Great Britian and Germany in particular were involved in an arms race with each other. Germany attempted to build a navy to rival Great Britian’s, whose navy was considered the best in the world at the time, and Great Britian responded by improving on their own navy. In the rest of Europe, countries were building up their stores of weapons, including rifles, bombs, and artillery, causing international
World War 1 was an atrocious war that caused millions of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in reparations. World War 1 lasted from 1914 to 1919 and rudimentarily, was the fight between the Allied powers and the Central powers. The Allied powers consisted of France, Great Britain, Russia, and Belgium while the Central powers consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. All countries had some participation and damage done throughout World War 1, and the countries who started the war may be obscure. However, there are some countries that can especially be picked out for their contribution and cause for the war.
This dispute on the seas involved America’s international trade and may have been the biggest concern. Britain began blockading ships from going to France because of a war between the two countries, and as a result, ships had to first go through British ports in order to trade with France. Britain immediately considered any ship that did not stop any enemy. Another dilemma was the problem of British impressment of American soldiers at sea.
The First World War ended on November 11th, 1918 when the German government signed an armistice treaty with the Allied powers, leaving 9 million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded. This has lead World War I to be commonly known as the “war to end all wars”. There several key reasons as to why the Central Powers lost the war. Generally, it was a mixture of the Central Powers weakness and the Allied power’s strength. However, more specifically, the Central Powers had weak and unreliable Allies such as Austro - Hungary and the Ottoman Empire which both collapsed, leaving Germany isolated.