Why Countries Go to War

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By Tan Kabra
April 29th, 2009

Why Countries Go To War

There are many reasons why countries go to war. One country may want to go to war to take revenge on something that another country or countries did to them. Germany, for example, wanted to take revenge on the rest of the European nations after they all unanimously agreed that the responsibility for the First World War should be laid upon Germany. Countries also go to war for another reason, territorial expansion. The crusades were a good example of this because even though they started out a holy war, they converted into wars that focused on expanding borders. There are many other reasons why wars start, but revenge and land expansion are the two greatest ones. One of the biggest reasons why countries go to war with one another is because a country needs land. This factor has driven leaders to declare war on other countries with favorable land for hundreds of years. The wars that focused on gaining land for the “host” country were usually the most brutal in terms of deaths and methods of combat. An example of a war that was based on the land gaining factor was the crusades. The crusade wars took place from about 1000 AD to 1300 AD; an incredibly long thirty decades. Wars can turn from a religious purpose to a territorial purpose and the crusades were a good example of this (doc.1). The crusades were holy wars in which Muslims were targeted. Muslims were said to be of a lower type of people than everyone else. The Muslims tried to fight back as groups started to kill Muslims in their own land to take over the area. The crusades were supposed to protect the new holy land founded by the Catholics but turned into a struggle for small regions that would later on be of no use. The outcomes of the wars were different of both sides. Neither side gained much other than the other side’s culture and ways of living. The Catholics found new ways to build windows while the Muslims were full...
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