Essay on Causes Of World War I And The Great War

1027 Words Apr 9th, 2015 5 Pages
The Causes of World War 1/ the Great War The Great War, or what most people know it as World War 1, was an extremely bloody war that took place in Europe from 1914-1919. World War 1 caused an estimated of 10 million soldier deaths and 20 million more wounded. Finally, at the end of 1918, the Versailles Treaty was signed by the countries taking part in the war, Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Britain, France and Russia, which was a treaty that ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. The Great War was a war that caused the deaths of many, and people believe it was the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria that really began it. What really caused World War 1? Some people believe MAINE (Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism, and Economics) were what caused it. That’s also what I believe because there had to be more pre-existing ideologies and circumstances that lead to World War 1 than just one thing.

One of the causes people believe was Militarism. France and Germany’s armies had doubled between the years 1870 and 1914. There was also big competition for the title “mastery of the seas”, which is when Britain and France started creating effective battleships. Soon after, there was an increase in military influence on policy making. Increased military and naval rivalry led to the belief that war was coming. Also, all the three powers held secret military talks. The British and the French naval authorities had agreements as…

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