MWH 5 5/1/13
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