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World War 1

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This essay will outline the factors that led to the First World War, these include: Alliances, Imperialism, Militarism and the assassination of Duke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. The First World War started on the 28th of July 1914 and finally ended on the 11th of November 1918.

The formation of Alliances was one factor that significantly contributed to the commencement of World War One. These alliances allowed smaller countries with weaker military forces to seek help from larger and more powerful nations. This is done by, both governments signing a treaty, which states when a country declares war the allies of that country, have no option but to declare war as well, therefor a chain reaction occurred with multiple countries. The most famous alliances were The Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary and The Triple Entente between Russia, France and Britain. (Tomaszewski, 2002). Alliances were believed to keep the peace between countries, however this was not the case since the rivalry between nations was too great, countries and colonies all wanted to be with the most powerful ally for protection and support. The alliances themselves contributed to the start of World War One because they triggered more and more nations to enter the war as it progressed this caused a large number of unnecessary casualties from countries that didn’t need to be involved. If there were no alliances in the First World War each country would have been fighting for themselves, but these alliances resulted in compulsory attendance by other countries which led to The Great War being an international affair. (Hamilton, R. & Herwig, H. 2003).

The start of World War One was partly a result of Imperialism: an unequal relationship, often in the form of an empire, forced on other countries resulting in domination of territory, economy and culture. Britain ruled about 25% of the world’s countries around the time of World War One, and it was often said that...

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