World War I And The Great War Essay

1764 Words May 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
World War One, which is often referred to as The Great War, began July 28th, 1914, and ended on June 28th, 1919. The Great War, originating in Europe, was the first conflict labeled total war in the world’s history, and it involved over 32 different nations around the globe. The Great War was unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, as well as the combatants involved. Not only soldiers, but civilians and regular working people were deeply involved in World War One. From manufacturing munitions to raising animals for food rations, the daily lives of people were affected by the Great War. The final result of the war included a staggering total of 38 million casualties– both soldiers and civilians.
World War One was fought between two major alliances: The Central Powers and the Triple Entente. At the war’s start, the Central Powers was made up of Germany and Austria-Hungary, and the Triple Entente included France, Russia, and Great Britain. With the war’s progression, however, entire nations were dragged into participating. By the end of the war, The United States, Japan, Italy, and many other countries joined forces with the Triple Entente, which was renamed to the Allied Powers. The Central Powers included the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria into their Alliance during the war. The two Alliances clashed on the Western Front and the Eastern Front, located in France and Russia.
The initial spark that began the Great War occurred when Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the…

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