War World 1 Essay

288 WordsJun 25, 20122 Pages
World War 1 was a major conflict fought in Europe and around the world between July 28th 1914 and November 11th 1918. Nations from across all non polar continents were involved and over eight million people died, although Russia, Britain, France, Germany and Austria-Hungary dominated. Much of the war was characterised by stagnant trench warfare and massive loss of life in failed attacks , the war was fought by two main power blocks: the Entente Powers, or 'Allies' comprised of the Russia, France, Britain (and later US) and their allies on one side and the Central Powers of Germany, Austro-Hungary, Turkey and their allies on the other. Italy later joined the Entente.World War I began the horrific sequence of world conflicts that characterize the 20th century. It caused the Russian Revolutions of 1917 that made Russia communist, and led directly to World War II, Adolf Hitler's "war of revenge." The Cold War continued the sequence, fought covertly between the capitalist U.S. and the communist U.S.S.R. Previously isolated, with World War I the United States entered the world stage to join Britain and France in the first world war against Germany.The United States stayed out of the war for almost three years before finally throwing its hat into the ring in April 1917. By the end of the war on 11 November 1918 (still known Armistice Day in Europe, renamed Veterans Day in the United States in 1954) two million American soldiers had taken part in the fighting in Europe. Within four short months in early 1917, the United States reversed course and pursued an interventionist foreign policy; that is, we meddled in other people's business with a very big

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