With the rising sentiments towards the nationalist movement in Europe and throughout the world, long-term rivals such as the French and Germany for the loss of Alsace-Lorraine, a plot of land lost during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 were already at odds. Germany who feared the growing Slavic nationalist movement in Russia and the overall booming arms race of the major powers sought to gain power by aligning itself with the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Ultimately Nationalism, Imperialism and militarism were the key points that led up to the Great War.
As the great imperialistic nations scrambled to obtain new territories and control throughout the word the tension grew higher and higher. With the deterioration of the Ottoman Empire the great European powers sought to expand into Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Germany sought to expand as far as Baghdad and Austria had hopes of claiming the Balkans for itself but was stopped by Russia. At the time both France and Britain had trade interests in the region and all of this just lead to further turmoil. As the fear of conflict loomed overhead nations began to make alliances to ensure their rights and claims. Germany aligned with Austro-Hungary, Russia and France allied to deter any threat from Germany while at the time Britain remained neutral. With alliances made militarism was in full effect, each racing to build up their arsenals to max capacity.
At the time it was understood that conflict was inevitable though many believed it would be short and decisive. The blood-tied European monarchies that included George V of England, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Czar Nicholas II of Russia did not want to subject their people and nations to a long drawn out co...
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...l new to the country and law enforcement had their work cutout for them. Even with all the turmoil at home consumerism and materialism was on the rise bringing the country closer to how we see it today. Spending was high, inflation was high and alcohol was illegal but yet everyone seemed to enjoy the times.
The party ended abruptly in 1929 with the crash of the stock market. Black Tuesday as it was known led to the Great Depression and was the greatest financial crisis the nation had ever known (Investopedia LLC., 2016) There are many that believe that world war one or the Great War is one of the reasons the market crashed in 1929. Consumerism overbought and overvalued stocks all attributed to the crash but had we not entered the war would our social attitudes have changed so abruptly? In any case the war was justified by a few, fought by many and remembered by all.
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