Worlld War 1 Essay

1121 Words May 20th, 2014 5 Pages
Dillon Milliron
Period 6th
WWI Essay
World War I is known as the war to end all wars. This statement was obviously not accurate. There are many topics that caused WWI but the main causes are militarism, nationalism, the building of alliances and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The two alliances that fought against one another in this war were the Triple Entente which consisted of France, United Kingdom, Russia (whose place in the war would later be taken by the United States of America) and the Central Powers which consisted of Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary. WWI took place mainly in various parts of Europe. The Great War lasted for 4 years, from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. Militarism, nationalism,
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“Utilizing new mass-production techniques, Western nations churned out these weapons and munitions in large quantities and at a rapid pace. But the descent into war was not just driven by new weapons and the arms race: it was also fuelled by the pervasive culture of militarism that reigned in many parts of Europe” (Causes of World War 1). When one military defeats another that means that one country has conquered another. That is what the countries fighting in World War I were trying to ultimately accomplish. Nationalism is the belief that your country that you represent is superior to all others. This pride in one’s country helped start WWI because it gave people another reason to go to war, to prove that their country is the best. No one fighting in WWI wanted to lose the war because they were fighting for their country. “Nationalism and extreme patriotism were significant contributing factors to the outbreak of World War I. Every one of Europe’s Great Powers developed a firm but excessive belief in its own cultural, economic and military supremacy. This over-confidence gave birth to a fatal misconception: that in the event of war in Europe, one’s own country would be victorious inside a few months” (Jennifer Llewellyn, Nationalism as a Cause of WW1). The more pride you had in your country the more you wanted to win the war. Winning the war for your country became the purpose for

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