Main Causes of World War One Nationalism, Imperialism, Militarism, and Alliances helped to not only begin World War One, but also to propel it forward and fuel the fire that kept the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente, later referred to as the Central Powers and the Allies, in ongoing battles. Several events went down in order to instigate the beginning of this war, including the demands Austria-Hungary made of Serbia, the steadily increasing prices of war, and the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand which finally pushed it over the edge and was the leading cause in the outbreak of World War One. Even though there were many other causes, Nationalism, Imperialism, Militarism, and Alliances were definitely the main leading causes. Nationalism was only one of the four main motives that helped World War One begin. 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”.
Communism in the Cold War "The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want, they spread and grow in the evil soil of the poverty and strife. They reach their full growth when the hope of a people for a better life has died. We must keep that hope alive." as said by Harry S. Truman on march 12, 1947 in The Truman Doctrine. While Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy all had the same same Cold War intention of ending communism, their ways of achieving their goal were different.The Cold War was an angry dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union about whether we should spread or contain communism (Ayres 817).
Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address Rhetorical Analysis The beginning of the 19th century was a period in which political turmoil was prevalent. This turmoil was often the direct result of the vastly different viewpoints and ideals maintained by major political figures. Thomas Jefferson was one prominent example of a leading political influencer in the history of the United States who was often at the center of this turmoil. Jefferson was an adamant supporter of the Constitution, and he ultimately believed in preserving the rights of the general public to the highest degree possible. He also believed that the creation of political parties was an inherent evil, and that rather than unifying America, these parties divided the country, corrupting American government and politics in the process.
Nationalism creates a division in society as nations begin belonging to their own specific classes. The mindset of divided nations and conquering those of less worth, led to the necessity of militarism. That militaristic mindset, promoted aggression and approved violence. Militarism was funded on the idea of building a strong military in comparison to other, especially the neighboring nations (“The 4 Main Causes of World War One”). It created a culture of paranoia and a lust/need for competition, to prove their nations worth; which resulted in a larger pressure to act out aggression.
The Treaty of Versailles had a huge effect on Germany. To start off with, Germany was hurt politically. When the Treaty of Versailles was first proposed, the government did not agree with the Treaty of Versailles and not only resigned, but also refused to sign the Treaty of Versailles. The new incoming government had no choice but to just sign the Treaty of Versailles. This hurt the government and their connection that they could have possibly had with the Germans because the government was accused of stabbing the people of Germany in the back because of the fact that they signed the Treaty of Versailles.
The nationalism was a huge chunk of the reasoning. Although, the alliances split Europe into two sides, there was the Triple Alliance (Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Italy) and also the Triple Entente (Britain, France, Russia). But the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie was the last straw. A man had assassinated the heir to the Austria-Hungary Empire, to them this was a declaration of war to them. The cause of WW1 wasn’t just one event, but multiple things that added up: classes, nationalism, and alliances between countries.
WW1 was a terrible war between the central powers; Germany, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire against the allied powers; Great Britain, France, Russia and later joined by the U.S. and Italy. The main reason why all the countries got irate at each other was because of the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand the heir to Austria’s throne. But overall the main causes of WW1 were either Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism or Nationalism. I strongly believe that the cause that had the biggest impact on WW1 was Imperialism. My first reason on why Imperialism was the main cause of WW1 was because of geographic purposes.
The last main cause of World War 1 is nationalism, the spirit that In Document I, it states Serbia’s reason for war, “The war between Serbia and Austria...is inevitable. If Serbia wants to live in honor, she can only do this by war. This war is determined by our obligation from the duty of our race which will not permit itself to be assimilated.” This quote comes from a newspaper that is ran by Colonel Dragutin Dimitrijevic, head of Serbian Military Intelligence and founder of the secret society “The Black Hand”, the ones responsible for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. This document states that the reason that they are going to war is because it is inevitable, it is tradition and culture, and because it is their duty. This document shows that nationalism plays a factor in the start of World War 1 because the Serbians that were lead by Dragutin were given a raise in morale with a speech that explained their sole duty, which was
However, Britain and the United States objected to some of the provisions because of the fear that it would be a pretext for another war. The treaty included fifteen parts and 440 articles specifying Germany 's obligation for the war and its reparations. The Treaty of Versailles had disastrous consequences for Germany because it led to significant financial, material, territorial, and colonial losses. Under the treaty, Germany lost 13 percent of its territory and all of its overseas colonial possessions, limits were imposed on its military, and heavy reparations were imposed. The most controversial part of the treaty was Part VIII that established Germany 's liability for war and the damages of the Allies.
Competing perspectives and human decisions led to violent conflicts throughout the 20th century. By analyzing different perspectives of the countries that are blamed for starting Cold War and the ideologies that were imposed in the other countries. Two different political systems led to further conflicts of the Cold War. The Soviet Union during the Cold War was a communist country. Stalin wanted to expand the spirit of communism in the world.
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.
They all jumped in to help their friends that were pointing a finger at somebody else. The war could’ve just been a spat between Austria-Hungary and Serbia if Russia hadn’t been so eager to protect the other countries, like Serbia, they had an ethnic tie with. Although there are many possible reasons for the war, militarism, imperialism, and alliances are the main three with alliances being the most main reason. Militarism and imperialism riled up the countries, making them angry and afraid, but alliances really pushed the countries over the edge into the war. It all just piled up into one big, bad heap of hatred that spurred the countries
In a hostile environment as such, a conflict was bound to break out, with no single nation entirely to blame. This political, economical and ideological struggle, lasting from 1947 until the termination of the Soviet Union in 1991 was known as the Cold War. Ultimately, both nation’s ideology playing a very important role in the perceptions of power and intentions throughout the war. As a result of the growing influence of the Soviet Union into Easter Europe, following Germany’s defeat, previous divisions between the Unites States and the Soviet Union began resurfacing. The two nations encouraged opposing economic and political ideologies, with both countries competing for influence across Europe.
The people were looking for someone to fix everything, and restore honor to the country. Hitler then convinced the people of Germany that he could do just that, and took power as Chancellor of Germany. He began subjecting those he disliked to intense prejudice and mistreatment. His rise to power began a period of terror for many individuals who practiced Judaism, had disabilities, or were different from his ideal image. The tactic of appeasement was not effective in subduing Hitler’s ambitions, and the other countries of the world could only ignore his inhumanity for so long before launching into another