World War I lasted four long years (19141918). In June of 1914 Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist. His death angered the AustroHungary. They then declared war on Serbia. Over 15 million people died and 20 were wounded. Even though AustroHungary and Serbia started the war, Germany was blamed for it and was demanded to pay for the damages of the war. In order for this war to go on for four year there had to be a strong military to defend each country. Their militaries weren’t strong enough to stand alone so countries form alliances with each other. As the rivalry continued, there were times in the war where parts of land were overtaken by opposing countries. Everybody thought their country was the best so going to war was the best way to prove their loyalty to their country.
Militarism demonstrates how powerful and independent a country is. Militarism was the most important part of World War I. Without a strong military the war would not have lasted for as long as it did. Powerful and strong armies were built over the years, particularly in Germany and Great Britain. Newly industrialized nations of Europe were given the ability to create more powerful weapons and in greater quality. Giving military forces more control and power over various countries made those countries think that their military power was what made them great. Millions of dollars were spent on weapons during World War I. As more countries came together, the stronger their militaries became. Germany’s army was the only weak link in the war, which probably lead to them having to pay for the damages during the war. Militarism was the biggest underlying cause of World War I.
Alliances was one of the contributing cause of World War I because all of the countries had support systems. This is when countries backed each other up just in case they were in need during the war, (similar to “I got your back, you got ...
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