Essay about Effects Of World War I On The World

1481 Words Mar 4th, 2016 6 Pages
It was Colonel Edward House who once said, “It requires only a spark to set the whole thing off.” (Reeder 16). The assassination of a single person started the war that eventually involved ninety-three percent of the world (Reeder 18). World War I is referred by many as the “Great War”. Just what about this war was so great? Could it have been because of the largest death tolls ever seen before? Or was it because the war nearly put an end to all of Europe? Nearly 100 years later, the effects of World War I had the largest impact on the world.
To fully comprehend why the war had such a large impact on the world, what was happening in the world must be understood first. Perhaps one of the most vital parts of information to the start of World War I was the large amount of treaties. These treaties meant that if one country was attacked, the countries that the treaties were made with were bound to defend them (Kelly). When the war started, the whole continent of Europe was immediately involved. There were 2 major sides to the war. The Allies were largely composed of Great Britain, France, Russia and Italy. The other side was called The Central Powers, or the Triple Alliance. The Central Powers included Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy (Reeder 16). Italy originally had a treaty with several countries that made up The Central Powers but broke off to fight along side the Allies.
The different reasons for the start World War I are still in dispute. One reason for the start of the…

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