Comintern Cold War: The Cause Of World War I

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In 1914, build up of tensions among countries in the European system and surrounding areas led to the outbreak of World War I. This war, being the bloodiest in history up to that point, caused upwards of 25 million deaths and led to the rise of Nazism, Comintern Cold War along with many other major geopolitical events (Third International). The rising powers of Germany, the US, revolutionary Russia, and the declining supremacies of the United Kingdom, France, and the Ottoman Empire, allowed for an unbalanced international system weighed down with some ominous realities. The ever increasing changes in regime control, economic stability, and military technology can cause this same uncertainty and unbalance that is attributed to possibly being a cause of one of the World Wars. After analyzing the origins, causes, and disputes pertinent to World War I, it is possible to identify associations between the early 1900s and today’s international system. Issues such as increasing nationalism …show more content…
With the five major powers at the time being Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France and the United Kingdom, all had or desired colonies that had strategic and economic advantages. With much of Africa and the slow dissolution of the Ottoman Empire still to be occupied at this time, the major powers saw a race to acquire the last territories open for colonization. Disputed territory claims were made evident prior to World War I. The Franco-Prussian War over the territory of Alsace-Lorraine generated bad blood between France and Germany. In addition the “The Balkan Wars, territorial crisis in Bosnia and Morocco, reignited, and displayed, the strong desires of the powers (The Causes of World War I, 2011). With conflicting territorial claims and major powers trying to increase their spheres of influence, World War I was on the

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