During the 1900s, many people took pride in their countries and wanted to prove the world how great their country is. And to do that, they would have to declare and win a war against their rivals. It led to the war for the reason that the overconfidence fueled their strength in militarism. This is probably why other countries such as Portugal and Italy joined the war- simply because of their confidence. There were downsides to it- it made the war longer then everyone thought it would be as there were so many countries fighting, hence being called World War 1.
Yes, The Schlieffen Plan changed the war since it would not have been much different if Germany did not have a plan because they would most likely split their forces on both borders of Germany. This would also exclude The cross through Belgium thus keeping Great Britain from entering the war. How did it change the war? This might have allowed Germany a better chance. If the Schlieffen Plan worked, Germany might have won in simply going against Russia only by excluding France and Great Britain.
But this was not the only cause of the First World War. The factors that led to this conflict were nationalism, imperialism, militarism, and Mutual Defense alliances. One of the causes of World War I was Mutual Defense Alliances. “The Great Powers had arranged themselves into two rival alliances, producing a balance of power that, it was hoped, would prevent war (How Stuff Works)”. This plan that was promised to bring peace actually brought the world
The distrust throughout the countries led to treaties pledging that certain countries would defend each other, which separated the countries outside of the pledges further (Adelblue “Setting the Stage for War”). This only increased the tension, as each country began taking sides, and set the stage for the war. Eventually, Germany began to fear that the French were seeking revenge from a previous war, the Franco-Prussian War. Germany knew that France wouldn’t attack alone, so they quickly took action and formed the Triple Alliance. Germany signed a treaty with Austria-Hungary and Italy, enforcing the fact that each country was beginning to take sides (Adelblue “Setting the Stage for War”).
The war of 1812 pitted the young America against the large empowered force of Britain, as well as many native Americans. This war was a huge influential factor in the growth of America from that point on. Britain's tyrannical rule over America and Canada eventually brought America to war. Although they suffered many casualties, American troops pushed the redcoats back and boosted the nation's confidence. The outcome of this war affected America’s foreign policies, economy, and society as a whole.
The pro-slavery were really mad about the result and how the anti-slavery treated them. Oppositely, the North was very happy because they enlarged their territory. The Kansas-Nebraska Act was one of the first few crisis what occured between the two political groups. The war within the states was like a small version of the Civil War that increased the alienation between anti-slavery and pro-slavery, which later led to the Civil
Hitler had used propaganda and other tactics to make the German people eager for war. He used the treaty of Versailles as an example for the German people as their anger on the loss of World War one and their treatment under the treaty of Versailles to make them want to take revenge. Moreover, after a winter of waiting, Hitler resumed back to attack on April 9, 1940, nevertheless, as The Blitzkrieg tactic had succeeded on Poland, Hitler attacked Denmark and Norway and occupied them. One month later, Germany launched attacked on Netherlands, Belgium, and France. The main assault was through the Luxembourg and the Ardennes Forest.
The direct cause of WWI was the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. However, historians feel that some factors contributed to the rivalry between the Great Powers that allowed war on such a wide-scale to break out. Before 1914 Europe 's leading powers were divided into two armed camps by a series of alliances. The Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy (1882) The Triple Entente of Britain, Russia, and France (1907) Although these alliances were defensive in nature, they meant that any conflict between one country from each alliance was bound to involve the other countries. The fact that Germany faced a war on two fronts greatly influenced war.
The alliances and the new system they imposed did have a drastic effect as to why the war broke out. Countries that were not involved in the first place ended up fighting a war that was not theirs. Several alliances were signed by countries during the 1879-1914, these were important and defined the nation’s fate because if one country declared war first this inevitably meant that their ally had to declare war as well. (rhetorical question) • Austria/Hungary, did not like Serbia’s response to her ultimatum, declared war on Serbia on 28 July 1914. • Russia, bound by treaty to Serbia, put together an army to defend them.
In, The Art of War, Sun Tzu states, “And therefore, it is said that enlightened rulers must deliberate upon the plans to go to battle, and good generals carefully execute them” (Tzu, 172). It is evident that the plan to deceive Hitler and the Germans needed to be executed carefully by a strong general with a lot of experience and robustness. Lieutenant General George S. Patton was just the man for the job. The needed to make the pretend invasion seem realistic, so General Patton’s job was to create an illusion out of this army that would go on to save thousands and thousands of lives. Just one of many examples includes the actors in the Ghost Army would go around in public places such as restaurants and spread rumors about where certain units might be heading off to or where they heard a new attack might be on some random area.
Eventually, “a European war broke out. Why? Because in each country [of Europe] political and military leaders did certain things that led to the mobilization [of troops].” Leaders wanted the best military in Europe, even the world, which meant they tried to beat friends and enemies alike. This made for the means for Europe to break into a world-scale
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.
Although reluctantly at first, America was drawn into the European war. America would have loved to remain neutral. Americans were drawn in mainly for three reasons. The first reason was that the Germans crushed Belgium trying to get to France. The second reason was that Allied diplomats spread false rumors that Germans had killed civilians, raped women, and hurt children as they went through Belgium.
However, the war eventually led to the Union accomplishing their craving for a united nation. The reason the Union won was because the fighting schemes performed an enormous amount in the war. The Union battled with more of the style of a Teutonic and Anglo-Saxon mix. The
This action infuriated the American public and the US government. The United States would break its isolationism and enter the war. America’s entry in the war, even though late, 1917 assured victory for the British and French against the Germans. At the end of the war, the United States was quick to leave behind its European commitments regardless of President Woodrow Wilson’s effort’s to have the US more engaged in world affairs through the League of Nations. Again, the Russian revolution intervene because of the wretched condition for peasants and workers in that nation.