The Inevitability Of World War One

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Chad Maudlin
Period 1
March 20, 2014

The Inevitability of World War One

Peace and friendship do not always lead to a happy ending; at least that is what was found out after World War One. After a period of semi-peaceful relationships (excluding the Balkan Wars) and alliances between the countries and empires of Europe, came a “war to end all wars”-- so believed by H.G. Wells. However it just transitioned into a garish, unforgiving battlefield. 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. Imperialism is the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, and obtaining and holding colonies and dependencies. Imperialism is the greatest factor towards the cause of World War One because it provided a great deal of tension between all of the countries. This was shown in the Balkan Wars, one of the other related main factors leading up to the war. The battle over the Balkan territory provided tension between Russia, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and the new country of Serbia. The tension between Austria-Hungary and Serbia eventually lead to the assassination of Franz-Ferdinand. He was the prince of Austria-Hungary and w...

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...n combat due to its lack of production of weapons. Militarism also provided hope and enthusiasm for the civilians within the countries, expanding economies and creating jobs. This fostered Nationalism and thus helping to promote war.
The real reason for World War One would be the combination of imperialism, the alliances, and militarism. All of these causes just stacked the tension between the European countries, making it so a war was bound to break out between them regardless. The blame for World War One itself cannot be put onto one country individually, due to all of them being participants in the war and all of them participating in the factors leading up to the war, intentionally or unintentionally. This war was inevitable because, after all, history repeats itself. Since there was war before, the war would have happened, it was just a matter of time.
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