What were the Underlying Causes of World War I
"War...is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer." Thomas Jefferson. World War I was no different. All throughout Europe, World War I severely punished both powerful and small countries alike. Ten million lives were lost from four long years of World War 1. This devastating war provoked people to examine the underlying causes of World War I. With all the European countries’ quest for power, the national pride and desire of freedom of their citizens, Europe was sparked into an outrageous war of agony. Alliances of powerful countries, nationalism, and militarism fueled the four year long World War I. To begin with, European powers were divided among two powerful alliances the Triple Alliance, consisting of Germany, AustriaHungary, and Italy, versus the Triple Entente, comprised of France, Russia, and Great Britain. Both alliances were powerful enough that any conflict between them would have devastating consequences. Both alliances ruled the majority of Europe with a powerful army supporting them. Geographically, the countries in the Triple Alliance was surrounded by the countries in the Triple Entente, allowing a rapid spread of war. The alliances divided Europe into two powerful entities in which tension between them eventually led to wars. Even smaller countries would have to take sides with one of these alliances to have some protection. Eventually both weak and powerful countries would have to join war to support one of the alliances. As a result of these two alliances, tensions in Europe started to escalated, starting World War I.
Likewise, nationalism was also a weighty cause of World War I. Leaders used nationalism to their advantage and empowered ...
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