The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the immediate cause of World War I. But the events that led to the Great War goes further back into the nineteenth century. As with the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, nationalism, imperialism, and militarism all played a part. (DeVry University, 2016)
Pressures amongst the European influences and the crisis of the balance of power structure that separated Europe into two camps also played a part. On July 28, 1914 the First World War began with the declaration of war on Serbia by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. With Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, all the Great Powers of the world were involved in what would become a deadly battle of human history. (DeVry University, 2016)
Nationalism, Imperialism, and Militarism
The standard of nationalism, imperialism, and militarism motivated rivalries between nations resulting in competition in which the weak were at a disadvantage. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary nationalism is defined as a feeling that people have of being loyal to and proud of their country often with the belief that it is better and more important than other countries. Nationalism gave citizens excessive confidence in their nation, their governments and their military strength. Nationalist ideas made other nations look bad, labeling them as hostile, devious, dishonest, reluctant or uncivilized. (Levin & Miller, 2011) It persuaded many people to believe their nation was being threatened by trickery and ambitious imperialism of its enemies.
Nationalism created distrust of other nations due to cultural variances, political goals, aggressive competition, and rivalry between Europe’s powers for natural resources. Advertisements appeared all over promoting the idea that yo...
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...ed the League as a global administration that would cut the power of the American government when deciding on its own matters. There were severe apprehensions that the League would wear down U.S. independence and pull the U.S. into further wars that did not concern them. (Kazin, 2014)
The Senate did not accept the League covenant, he declared the United States excused from Article X. He attached his concerns and revisions to the treaty hoping to hear that his suggested amendments had been applied. Unfortunately, Wilson was not able to accept the changes and asked Senate Democrats to vote against the Treaty of Versailles unless the Senate could accept the initial covenant. The Senate’s issues, concerns, and suggestions were never applied to the covenant, the United States never became a member of The League of Nations, and the treaty of Versailles was never ratified.
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