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Ww1Shared Guilt Among The European Powers For Caus Essay

  • Submitted by: kelly101
  • on February 9, 2012
  • Category: History
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Kelly Abrahams


World War 1 (WW1) or “The Great War” as it was formerly known was the greatest war ever to be fought, besides the later, World War 2. It involved more countries and caused greater devastation and damage than any other war at the time. People are often quick to blame only one country or person for the out break of war since the beginning of time and WW1 was no exception. The question often left unanswered is, which nation is responsible for the outbreak of WW1? It is fair to argue that it was not one single person or even a single country which caused the outbreak of war, but rather a chain of events and situations [1]. Germany, Austria-Hungary, France, Russia and Britain (The Great Powers), the major parties involved were all aggressors in their own way. Every party involved wanted land, which lead to colonial rivalry and imperialism. Germany started thinking about ways in which they could protect themselves and soon the German chancellor, Bismarck came up with the idea of the alliance system. This eventually led to the formation of the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente. After the industrial revolution, fear of war encouraged militarism. Nationalism among the powers was increasing and tension among the powers was at its peak after the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his wife, Sofie [2], which was seen as the main trigger of WW1

Having colonies meant power, prestige and wealth, thus leading to the fact that all the Great Powers sought to land, on which they could colonise as they all shared a greedy appetite for colonies and wealth. The natural resources obtained in the colonies and foreign markets were required to feed their growing industrialization [3]. After 1870, the European nations began to acquire colonies...

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