A Brief Note On The World War I Essay

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The World War 1 which began in July 28, 1914 was one of the greatest wars in history. World War 1 did not occur due to one event, but a variety of long-term and short-term causes led to this war. Some of the long-term causes were: imperialism, the Alliance System and militarism. Also, one of the short-term causes that led to this war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Before the war, France increased its defence expenditure by 10%, Britain by 13%, Russia by 39%, and Germany by 73% (Arizona). This increase in defence expenditure resulted in improved military forces (Arizona). For instance, “Between 1909 and 1911, Germany built nine Dreadnoughts while Britain completed 18 Dreadnoughts” (Arizona). Consequently, many countries felt threatened and they created the Alliance System to ensure the safety of these countries. Nations began making alliances with other countries to protect them for danger. Moreover, countries like Britain, France, Germany, and the US wanted colonies for commercial, military, and religious reasons (The Canadian Encyclopedia). Additionally, the British Empire started taking control over colonies to gain resources from them. Nevertheless, the spark that caused this war was mainly by the slaying of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip, a member of a terrorist group named “The Black Hand”.
However, the Alliance System was most significant as this led many nations into the war. Countries like Canada were forced into the war due…

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