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 changes he made in the policies and style of government during the next years played a big role in the outbreak of war during 1914. Compared to Bismarck, who chose really conservative politics between the 1870s and 1880s, Wilhelm opted for a militaristic and expansionist political path, in order to defend Germany’s “Place in The Sun”. Many people believe that Kaiser Wilhelm’s role wasn’t as important for the outbreak of war, but what happened in the past proves the exact opposite, by realising that military and foreign campaigns were the main objectives of the Kaiser we can see a strong connection between the Wilhelmine policy, the Kaiser and the beginning of World War I in 1914.
Russia and France were against this, however. At France, the more western side, Germany was against France and Britain. At Russian Poland, the more eastern side, Germany, also helping Austria-Hungary, was against the Russians. Italy joined France and Britain because of a promise of some land at Austria and the Middle East, but they did not get as much as they had wanted. The world war began in Europe, but it also spread to the world.
Germany, unfortunately was already demonstrating impressive military might in Spain. Initially Germany had rejected the leaders of the military uprising request to help the military uprising during the Spanish civil war in the 1930’s but eventually Hitler relented and gave Germany’s support. This battles gave the dictator an excuse to test-run his army and leave a bold impression on the world. In addition, Hitler’s interference brought Germany closer to Italy, who was also supporting the military uprising,, ultimately befriending the Italians and gain a potential ally for his struggle against the British and the French. This friendship didn’t go unnoticed in the eyes of the allies and weariness began to
After World War 1 had ended, the world leaders spoke seriously to prevent upcoming future wars but since Hitler had come to power, Hitler violated the treaty of Versailles and began to make his army. Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland and militarized it with the army. He created a lot of many new tactics and military strategies that stunned the European nations before World War II. One of the military tactics he used was Blitzkrieg which was also known as the "Lightning war" but before that Hitler had to test it on a nation. Hitler stunned Europe with the speed and efficiency of the German attack on Poland.
If Germany were to be invaded by the Allies, it would’ve been very difficult for them to defend themselves since they had been weakened by the war. Furthermore, Germany hadn’t taken part in the Paris peace conference; only the winning countries had been allowed to participate. When Germany had signed the armistice in 1918, they had thought they were accepting the fourteen point peace plan formulated by the USA President Wilson. Since this peace plan was based on fair and democratic ideas, Germany thought the Treaty would also be honest, but when, the 7th May 1919, the Treaty was put ahead of the German government, their expectations were proved
He was wrong, the leaders in Europe wanted to punish the Germans for the war. Wilson outlined his peace plan in January of 1918. His plan was known as the Fourteen points, this plan was created to prevent international problems from causing another World War. His first couple points were to end secret agreements, create freedom of the seas, and to settle arguments peacefully. His last point
Many factors lead to great tensions in Europe, enlarging the need for a war. World War I was immediately precipitated by the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Serbian nationalist in 1914. There were many factors that had led toward war. Most of these causes and events are classified into five main themes:
Bismarck did not directly have any impact on how these wars were fought, however he did have a hand in how they started. The war of 1864, as suggested in his speech to Disraeli in 1862, as a pretext to go to war with Austria in the future. One of the reason was that after the Treaty of Vienna in 1815, Prussia had been given the rhineland, which was rich in natural resources, however it was separated from the rest of Prussia due to Hanover, a deeply catholic state that aligned with Austria. By winning over Austria, Bismarck could join all of Northern Germany under Prussian power. Bismarck knew that after beating Denmark, with an army of 61,000 to 38,000 at the outbreak of war, The treaty of Gastein, which would give Schleswig to Prussia and Holstein to Austria, was unlikely to work, as in order for the Austrians to reach Holstein they would have to pass through a hostile Prussia.
World War 1 started on the 28th of July 1914 and lasted until 11th of November 1918. In the years preceding the war tensions between countries rose, sparking the war. Below are the three main reasons why the “War to End All Wars” broke out. One of the Main reasons why the war started was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on the 28th of June 1914 in Sarajevo. Gavrilo Princip a crazed member of a terrorist group “Black Hand” killed the Archduke as he hated Austria-Hungary and the Archduke.
In his opinion, the great blessings that America enjoyed were something that every country should experience. Therefore he fought for the ratification of the Treaty as it would support his belief, with one of his strategies being the League of Nations. This was a step away from isolation and neutrality and America would become more involved in the affairs of other
Clemenceau, representing france, had the harshest strategy for rebuilding the world because his country had suffered the most damage from the war by losing the most troops, land,and resources. He wanted germany to pay for what they had done to france. Clemenceau proposed that germany would return alsace-lorraine back to france. He also wanted germany to pay huge reparations for the destruction and
So we helped Britain, France, Russia, and Italy. 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.
Who would’ve thought that millions of men that went to war used to be excited but yet came back home emotionless. In World War One (1914-1918) , also known as the War to End All Wars, was a war that started within European countries. It took place in France, Italy, Russia, and Austria-Hungary and were fought with tanks, airplanes, and more advanced technology. There were three causes of World War One which was Alliances, Imperialism, and Militarism.
Other motives for the treaty were to force Germany into paying for costs of the war, as punishment. Germany had not anticipated such harsh punishment because Wilson’s Fourteen Points had not focused on it, instead they believed they would eventually benefit from it. Using the Fourteen Points loosely as a guideline for the peace treaty, The League of Nations, which would later turn into the United Nations, emerged to settle international disputes through negotiation. Ironically, the United States would not join the League. Aside from the financial aspects, the treaty would include a Guilt Clause, which would entail Germany to admit they were at fault for the war.