What Were The Causes Of World War 1 Essay

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World War I was one of the biggest events in history caused by many factors and ended with some of the most significant immediate and long-term effects in history. Many aspects lead to the beginning of World War I. Before this Great War began, Europe was divided into two alliances (Doc A). Russia, Great Britain, and France were an alliance with Austria-Hungary, Italy, and Germany as the other. With such alliances set, a foundation for the future alliances of World War I was in place. This is the case when Germany decided to join the feud in aid of Austria-Hungary against Russia, eventually leading to the joining of other power nations to create World War I. This factor alone did not lead to the start of World War I; the death of Archduke Franz …show more content…
One of the most obvious changes in the world was the changing of borders of countries. Once the Allies turned out to be the victors of the Great War, a meeting in Paris was held to determine the fate of the other European nations (Doc I). Many different ideas were discussed at this meeting, such as peace and revenge. Ultimately by the end of the meeting, the Allies were able to establish new sets of country borders. This included Russia, Germany, the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria losing land and the split of Austria-Hungary itself (Doc J). Not only were the borders of European countries changed, but the role of women in society was greatly affected too. As the war waged on with thousands of men suffering the terrible, traumatic experiences of the battlefield, many jobs were left open (Doc D). With an urgent need to fulfill these roles, women were called upon to work in factories, which only increased their importance in society (Doc F). With an increasing importance, women even began to make their stand against the poor conditions of their countries, such as the women who protested in Petrograd, Russia over food shortages (Doc G). Women weren’t the only people in society to have their roles changed; the change of rulers to dictators was also another immediate effect. Germany had suffered much after the war not just from being defeated but by the Great Depression it soon fell into (Doc K). This …show more content…
There may have been border changes of countries that were immediate, but there were also some that developed over time. As previously stated, Austria-Hungary lost much of its territory after the war due to the meeting in Paris (Doc I). With that land free from their reign, those previous areas of Austria-Hungary were able to blossom into new independent countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina. Along with physical changes, World War I completely affected the course of history itself. Without World War I, World War II may have never started. Because of Hitler’s promises to make Germany great again after the Great Depression it dealt with, he was able to gain his title as dictator (Doc K). With this power, he decided to invade Poland to expand German territory. This act completely violated the Treaty of Versailles, leading Great Britain and France to declare war on Germany, which was the ultimate start of World War II. World War I’s influence not only extended to World War II, but to the Cold War too. Whenever Russia’s weakened state caused by World War I led the Bolsheviks to up rise and take down the tsar, Lenin was able to seize power as dictator. Lenin as a leader set up the foundation for the Soviet Union to base itself off of in the future. Also, ideas formed due to the revolution by Hesse that criticized the competitive work force, which promoted the communism (Doc L). With all of these

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