A Brief Note On The World War I Essay

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1. World War I had many different causes including militarism, alliances, imperialism, nationalism, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and more. To begin militarism, which is the focus on building up and glorifying a country’s military, was a long-range cause of the war. In most of the Western countries, excluding the US and Britain, conscription was being used to create a powerful military. All of this building up of military’s gave people a war-like attitude. The amount of money country’s spent on their military grew substantially, allowing the military itself to grow. From 1890 to 1914 European military doubled in size, due to military conscription. Most of these armies were made up of peasants because they were able to pass the physical exams, unlike the urban-working class men. Also, because of these large armies countries used the tactic known as brinkmanship. What this means is two armies would go right to the edge of war and then back away at the last second. The country that stayed the longest would be seen as powerful. This made a lot of people anxious and caused a domino effect. Not only were the military 's growing in size but also expanding their tactics. This causes problems when military leaders would not alter the plans they made because they were scared everything would become unorganized.
Another long-range cause of the war was the alliances that had formed. The major alliances were the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente. Germany,…

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