Why did Europeans go to war in 1914 and what was the outcome of World War 1 on the Europe and the world?
What sparked World War 1 was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand although it wasn’t one of causes that led up to World War 1 it was the match that sparked it all. There were four main causes which led up to War World 1, Militarism helped led up to World War 1, which is the built up of armed forces. Once other military countries started taking over territory or trying to gain territory that was once primarily ruled over by another country, countries begun to feel threatened and once a country started building up armed forces to protect their own territory it built suspension.
Another cause was Imperialism which is building up ones empire and strengthen it, this increased tension in Europe as it rose tension in rivalries already established and developed rivalry as well, which led to conflict and tension.
Nationalism was a big one, which is the pride one has for its own country and the willingness to defend it, it was also an idea that only individuals in the same ethnic origin and who spoke the same language had the right to liberty and self government, which of course put a strain on country’s that were more diverse. Nationalism was represented heavily throughout Europe, everyone believed that they were the strongest, and most powerful, during this time everyone was eager to prove it.
Last but not least Alliances led to World War 1, which is an agreement and or promise to help defend another country or more then one country. Once long time enemies started reaching agreements about territory, colonials and started working together it not only influence other countries to do the same, to have and build strong alliance but threatened most as well.
Before World War 1 the demand and tension for war was extremely high and continually rose throughout Europe. Militarism, Imperialism, Alliances and Nationalism all were reasons that led up to World War 1. “Militarism was on the rise across Europe ever since 1870 during the Germany Unification when the Germany Unification was signed during this time, it weighed heavily in Germans favor” (Chapter 24 pg 888) Which in the long run led to military build up which use use to colonize Africa. As militarism built across Europe, Germany wanted to conquer colonies, which symbolized greatness for a nation, as they looked as themselves as strong and powerful. This action threaten France England, and many others as it threatened not only their power but their security as well. The Germans weren’t the only one itching for a war, nations all over Europe were looking for an excuse. “French politicians, writers, university students and workers smarted from the defeat in Franco- Prussian war of 1870. Demoralized by the Dreyfus Affair, they urged restoration of their country throughout military glory” (chapter 24, pg 890) *Alfred Dreyfus was a french captain who was accused of...