Analytical Essay: What Caused World War I?

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What Caused World War I? By: Brenno Silva Block: B3 World War I, also known as The Great War, was a global war that had a colossal impact in all over Europe. This war that started in 1914 was unlike any previous conflict, with five main participants, France, Britain, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary. How it started is argued until this day, historians still discuss it amongst themselves because there were multiple causes and they were all interconnected; territorial, political and economic conflicts between the greater forces of Europe. The cause of the Great War isn't as clear as the World War II, it wasn't because of a single dictator pushing others to take a military stand, but a delicate balance of structural forces that was lit by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Everything started with alliances and partnership made by the European union and later on because of military development and imperialism a race…show more content…
As the industrialization era rose, European nations started manufacturing stronger weapons, more effectively than ever seen before, for example, machine guns and barbwires. As nations stated growing, others felt the need to do the same. Nations started measuring their standing by their military greatness more than anything else. For example, Germany wanted a powerful navy like Britain had. Germany increased the construction of battleship, this made the seas have massive destruction potential, at that time, and it was extremely threatening for every non-allied nation.“Militarism has been by far the commonest cause of the breakdown of civilizations. The single art of war makes progress at the expense of all the arts of peace.” (Toynbee, In this quote Toynbee explains that Militarism is one of the most frequent reasons for a civilization to collapse, not only in the first World War but in any other

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