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World War I Essay Intro Nationalism Imperialism

By jjcoppini Mar 09, 2015 1085 Words
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MAIN Causes of WWI: Intro+Imperialism+Nationalism  
 
 
World War I was an event that caused almost 10 million deaths in Europe, therefore  killing off almost a generation of Europeans. It ended empires in Russia, Germany, and  Austria Hungary and caused Russia to turn to communism and become a totalitarian state  with Stalin in power. It created more rights for women, and changed the social perspective of  life to gloomy and pessimistic. The Congress of Vienna of 1814, created a long lasting peace  in Europe completed with regular peace meeting which proposed peaceful solutions to  tensions between European nations. This peace was briefly interrupted with the Crimean war  and Franco­ Prussian war, but generally, in Europe war was a thing of the past. As the 19th  century approached though, tensions began to rise in Europe, making Europe a “powder keg”  that even a tiny spark could ignite into a world war. Though militarism can be seen as a  contributing factor of WWI its was the power of nationalism, imperialism, and created alliances  that caused WWI. 

Imperialism can be seen as a leading cause of WWI because it created tension and  competition between nations, helped the Balkan crisis, and truly made WWI a “world” war. In  Europe competition between nations was intense and many nations seeked to be the best  and strongest. Imperialism was quite competitive between nations and caused i

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