They did this hastily, comprehensively and most importantly, aggressively. The "Weltpolotik" of Germany meant consolidation and increase of power. They wanted an empire, and to achieve this they needed economic stability and subsequently milita... ... middle of paper ... ... united Germany, then there would not have been the desire which plagued them and Europe, and ultimately started war. However, it would be unfair not to recognise the other factors. 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.
The conflict resulting from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinard should have been local and confined but due to a series of factors, militarism, the alliance system, nationalism, this one incident led to the greatest war Europe had ever seen. As a result of underlying hostilities the assassination led to a chain of events that ensured war on a wide scale. The alliance system developed by Bismarck for defensive purposes was one of the major causes of the war. These alliances however took a more aggressive tone in the hands of Bismarck’s successors. Also Bismarck’s alliance system was too intricate for anybody other than himself to maintain.
There are many reasons why World War One occurred in 1914, many are complex and remain controversial which is why the matter has been disputed to this day by historians all over the world. My theory is that a lot of those reasons and the trigger factor all links to one thing; the alliance system. The alliance system is what made countries oppose each other and become rivals making it the most significant factor. It had an impact on who supported who when Duke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. This was only the spark that started war in Europe; there were long term causes that contributed to the war and were the origins.
Germans had found a new form of patriotism that led to a want for power and a new notion of German Superiority. Bismarck succeeded in making Germany a great nation, but did so with an authoritarian rule that led to more and more problems. After Bismarck’s dismissal, William II came into power whose desire for Germany to become a world power was much greater and dangerous. William II managed to grow tensions with the other major European powers that surrounded it, this led to distrust with the nation and an arms race with the Allied Powers. Germany’s fast and growing expansionism led the country to wanting more and more power, these factors combined guided the country to war in 1914.
This made other European powers such as Britain, France and Russia threatened. Whilst all of this his made some tension, the tension built greatly when Germany made a triple alliance with Italy and Austria-Hungary in 1882. Germany did this because they felt threated by France, Russia and Britain who were surrounding Germany. Whilst Germany had a reason for this alliance, the other power house countries such as Britain, France and Russia saw this ... ... middle of paper ... ...ilst Archduke Franz Ferdinand was on a Royal visit in Bosnia, a group of pro independent terrorists called The Black Hand Group assassinated the Archduke. They made the attack because Bosnia was recently annexed by Austria and Franz Ferdinand was next in line to the throne.
This war is now and forever known as World War One. The war itself is blamed on a variety of reasons. A few of the most widespread beliefs would be Germany wanting to prove itself as a new upstart country, the boiling conflict between England and Germany, or even the death of Franz-Ferdinand, the Austria-Hungary prince being shot by the Black Hand assassination group from Serbia. However, the real reasons for the start of World War One would be militarism, alliances, and imperialism. Out of three real reasons for World War One, the most significant would most likely be imperialism.
World War I was resolved to an extent with the Treaty of Versailles, but it was not entirely settled. This is clear because World War II was a result of World War I. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife was definitely the most significant cause of the calamity that is World War I. Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro- Hungarian throne, was simply visiting Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unfortunately, a secret Serbian society known as the Black Hand awaited the Archduke’s arrival. This nationalist group targeted Ferdinand due to the feeling amongst Serbians that once appointed to the throne; Ferdinand would uphold the persecution of Serbs inhabiting the borders of the Austro- Hungarian Empire.
There was a lot of mistrust between the alliances and if say Russiaand Britainwere to fall out, then all of the countries would be involved. The Moroccan crises played an important role to the cause of World War One as the alliance between Britainand Francewas strengthened, which threatened the Kaiser and his plans as he didn't expect Britainto take France's side over Morocco. They made it very difficult for Germanyto climb down in any future crisis. The Kaiser was made to feel humiliated and it would now be difficult for him not to seek revenge. The arms race between Britainand Germanyappears to be a significant factor to the cause of WW1.
Nationalism led to the creation of a new power: Germany through the uniting of many small states. War had a major role in achieving nation unification in Germany. On the other hand, nationalism weakened the eastern European empires of Austria-Hungary, Russia, and Ottoman Turkey. Those empires ruled many national groups that clamored for independence. The Balkan Peninsula otherwise known as "Powder Keg of Europe" because tensions there threatened to ignite a major war.
In 1898 Kaiser Wilhelm announced his intentions to build a Germa... ... middle of paper ... ...x countries together who caused World War 1; jealousy, wanting for power, rivalry between countries, and the need to be number one are why the countries came together to form two groups; the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente. It is true that Germany was probably the most power-wanting out of all the six countries, but the beginning of the war would not have started if it wasn't also for Austria-Hungary, France and Britain. They all had so much hatred for each other and if it wasn't for the fact that Germany's navy wasn't good enough in 1905, the war would have started back then. There wasn't a main reason for the war to begin, it never begun just because of a murder; that was just a mere excuse to begin the attack. It is amazing to think how mans need for power can lead to a World War that will never be forgotten.