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World War 1 was by caused the diplomatic clashes that occurred between some of the great powers from countries such as Italy, the Austro Hungarian Empire, Germany and the British Empire. These countries clashed over some European and colonial issues causing high tension. The diplomatic clashes might have resulted in a change to power balance in Europe. One source of dispute was over the Balkans territory. This tension was caused by the competition between Austria Hungary, Serbia and Russia over the territory.
There are many events that are thought to have triggered the war, which include national politics, assassination, economics and cultures, complex webs of alliances and counterbalances, which were developed with some of the European powers in the year 1870. There are some domestic political factors that may have resulted to the war. They include such factors as German domestic politics. This involved politics between parties such as Social Democratic Party, which had a significant impact on the elections that took place in Germany in the year 1912. The government in Germany was dominated Prussian Junkers; they were the Prussian landowning gentry, who controlled Prussia. This led to increased fear as a result of the rise of left wing parties. It is with such fear that Fritz Fischer thought an external war would distract the population resulting to support for the government.1 Germany might have been ambivalent about the war with the worry that if the Germans lost the war, Germany would have faced disastrous consequences, which include a drop of the economy and a shortage of raw materials.
Another domestic factor that might have contributed to the war was French domestic politics. The loss of the Alsace-Lorraine resulted to increased anger among the French. France being compelled to pay large reparation to Germany in the year 1870 was seen as a source of humiliation in
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Balance-of-Power theory in World War I & II.
The First and Second World Wars were both the result of the accumulation of conflict that began in the 19th century. Nationalism, alliance systems, and acts of Ferguson all contributed to the start of these global conflicts.
The First World War set off the thousand fires of nations is known as the Great War. The Second World War was a conflict between two great powers, the Axis Powers and the Allied Powers. Who made the mistakes? Who started it all? What really happened those years?
World War I began on June 28, 1914 after the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist. The recent acquisition of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Austro-Hungarian Empire angered the Slavic people, who wanted to be part of Serbia, and fueled the killing.
Finally, for a more personal portion, insight is given on the life of U.S. General George Patton, a controversial figure in World War II. Causes of the War History points to “militant nationalism, reckless imperialism, swashbuckling militarism” as the main causes of World War I (Boak, Slosson and Anderson 472).
The author states that industrialization also increased the ability of nations to generate revenue in order to purchase armaments, train soldiers and build railways. Therefore, industrialization further augmented the menace of imperialism, resulting in a vicious cycle that erupted in the form of the war.
Contrary to World War II whose blame is directed to all parties involved, World War I cannot be directly pointed to one particular cause. The biggest blame however, is placed on Germany for having had staged an attack on Belgium in the year 1914, whilst Britain had promised protection on Belgium.
"Economic and imperial competition and fear of war prompted military alliances and an arms race, which further escalated the tension contributing to the outbreak of war." (Karpilovsky, Fogel, & Kobelt, 1996). The aim of this paper is to discuss the many elements and ideals which were encompassed in World War I, so that we may come to a clearer and more knowledgeable understanding on the subject matter.
This saw the end of the international peace that existed within European continent in the nineteenth century. 1This is described by political analysts as the most destructive war of the world that had ever