This was only the spark that started war in Europe; there were long term causes that contributed to the war and were the origins. This answer will explain the causes focusing on how they contributed to World War One and what the important links are between them. The Alliances not only contributed to war breaking out; it made the war last longer and become on a much larger scale; major political disputes would inevitably cause a large conflict. The alliances caused suspicion, fear, and tension among nations. The two camps were the Triple Entente (Britain, France and Russia) and the Triple Alliance (Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary).
Germany had known that it was losing so it decided the best way to combat losing the arms race was to declare war. In conclusion, there were many factors involved in the casing of World War One, but there were 3 very influential causes. Nationalism, which was extreme if not borderline insane pride in your country. Alliances that had stirred up countries into thinking they were not safe. being that this was 1914 and countries were still developing and some were weaker than others, it was very likely you could be invaded which is why alliances scared some countries into a hostile state.
Although the direct cause of World War I was the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, long term causes such as the political instability of Europe, rivalries and alliances between countries, and the conflict between large empires and nationalism brought Europe into a situation in which a large-scale war was inevitable. By 1914, these factors made the major European powers on the verge of war and a small spark in the “tinderbox of Europe” was all that was necessary to cause World War I. In 1815, the Congress of Vienna set forth a political plan for Europe which would create stability among the European nations after Napoleon suffered defeat (Ross 74). ... ... middle of paper ... ...“tinderbox of Europe” and just as it was in 1914, it is a center of political unrest and conflict. Nations today should be cautious not to “slither” into war as Europe did at the turn of the century to ensure that a crisis, such as the recent Kosovo issue, does not set off another World War.
Since the late 19th century and early 20th century, there has been major tension within Europe. With many countries making alliances, building up better and stronger navies or armies and fighting over land was all recipe for disaster and ultimately led to a World War. In 1871 when Germany unified, many tensions grew in Europe as other countries such as Russia and France saw this young power house country coming through. Germany was not only wealthy, it was industrialized, had lots of resources, a very strong economy and a few years after unification became one of the super power countries. This made other European powers such as Britain, France and Russia threatened.
‘The invasion of Belgium was considered an essential element of the German war ... ... middle of paper ... ...to expand into the Balkans itself and was supported by Germany. It was the creation of conflicts and miscalculations by the movements in the Balkans that led to World War1. ‘Veni, vidi, vici’ (I come, I saw, I conquered) – Julius Caesar, Roman Emperor (100BC-44BC) No power had been able to perceive the extent of damages brought by a general war, which lasted fifty-one months. They had believed the Third Balkan War would be a short war like the First and Second Balkan Wars. This serious misconception brought harm to all European powers.
While Triple Entente was made up of the Britain, France and Russia. The importance of this international web of military as thought by some European powers was that it made limited war very unlikely. When two great powers, went to war, the alliances had a domino effect, dragging others into the conflict. Hence this made the major war inevitable thus leading to a long term cause of the First World War. Arms Race It would be argued that another reason for the war starting was the Arms Race.
World War I was one of the bloodiest wars that the world has ever seen. The question remains today, what was the reason for World War I to occur? If you were to look back at World War I, you would see that there were direct and indirect causes to the war. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was a direct immediate cause. That was not the only cause of the war.
Nationalism significantly altered the political structure of Europe; the unstable Balkans were both unknown and feared; and probably all the leaders of all the major powers have some blame for the war. There is little doubt, however as to where the greatest share of responsibility falls. Germany willed on Austria-Hungary; misinterpreted Britain's loyalty; projected an aggressive image with their strong modern army that scared many; and some say even deliberately faced the risk of conflict with France and Russia. Germany was by no means the only reason for the outbreak of war in 1914 but are, without a doubt, the biggest single reason.
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28th, 1914 is often referred to as the beginning of World War I. However, it was only a catalyst. Instead, events from the late 19th century had created tensions and conflict amongst the European powers that could only be solved through war. Imperialism- the taking over of another country territorially, militarily, economically, and culturally- in the late 1800s was a significant cause of World War I because it started Europe’s major powers on a path of conflict and rivalry. Equally significant were the alliance systems, which split Europe into two, and the nationalism which created among people and nations a desire for greater strength and for new acquisitions.
Among the other problems of the alliance system were the expectations of the countries that had plunged into war. The dangerous effect of the formation of th... ... middle of paper ... ...tion of the Archduke clearly demonstrate that nationalism was an explosive force which finally exploded into war following Sarajevo in 1914, thus a major cause of WWI. In conclusion, tt can be said that the alliance system contributed to the growing tensions of the proceeding period. The alliance system had its flaws; it was unable to resolve unnecessary tension, long-term problems that occurred after the dismissal of Bismarck and expectations of its allies when a country launched into war. Nonetheless, the system’s influence on the cause of the war was only to a certain extent because there were other vital reasons as well, such as domestic factors, imperial rivalry, the arms race and nationalism.