World War I Was A Tragic War Essay

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World War I was a very tragic war that lasted for four years. Also known as the great war, World War I had 65 million soldiers from different countries fighting to defend their regions. 17 million people died and 20 million were wounded. World War I started on July 28th, 1914 and ended on November 11th, 1918. World War I took place in multiple areas. It occurred in Europe, Africa, The Middle East, and Asia. Why did this war happened? There were many different reasons as to why World War I started in the first place, and why it lasted for such a long time. First, the alliances that were made caused a lot of chaos due to the unhappiness of other countries that might have been betrayed, or the unfairness of the alliance. Eighteen countries were involved in this war; there were two major alliances that participated. There were The Allies, which included; Britain, Russia, France, Italy, and the United States. They fought against the Central Powers, which included; Germany, Austria-Hungary, The Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. Next, Schlieffens plan to attack Russia backfired and the strategy their plan went wrong. And the last reason, if a country felt more powerful than others, they would control other regions (Imperialism). All of these reasons and more, are the reason why such a deadly war broke out.
After Germany had defeated France in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-1871, the nation busied themselves for the next battle to come. The chief architect Count Alfred von Schlieffen,…

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