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Why did war break out in 1914?

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Why did war break out in 1914? World War I was a result of leader's aggression to one another which supported the rising nationalism surge and the need for empire. Economic and imperial competitions and arms races furthered the already rising tension and contributing to the outbreak of war that was to come. All countries that were involved mobilized all their military, political and economical strengths into the battlefield to achieve victory. The general view was that the war would be over and won by Christmas but many did not understand the scale of which the war was to be fought on. Of the 65 million men that were involved in the Trench War only 55 million survived. The War that lasted for 4 years and 4 months involved more than 10 countries sure did live up to its name as the Great War. Alliances and rivalries contributed the build up to the war.The war was fought between the rival alliances of the European Powers. ...read more.

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This was one of the first signs showing that war was a likely outcome, for why would they be making weapons of war if not to use them. Imperialism and the lust for Empire and colonies was a large cause for the war. Men like Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, who had a desire for war and was jealous of Britains navy and empire. At the time Germany had a relatively small empire and the country was divided - the poor wanted a share in the wealth of the nation. Wilhelm was looking for an excuse for war to both unite his country and to achieve his dream of having an empire that even Britain would be jealous of. At the same time Italy a growing and a developing nation and wanted to be among the major powers in Europe. Although they did not join the fighting till the later stages they were keen to expand their territories. ...read more.

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If it wasn't for nationalism, the assassination would of never took place and so you could say that the war would never of happened. However many people would argue that the war was inevitable and some other reason for the leaders of the European powers to have a great war would of come along sooner or later. In conclusion I think the First World War was an outcome of many military and economical rivalries and alliances that prevented any conflict from being a small scale. It was a mixture of long term and short term causes. After the Industrial Revolution in Britain then France and Germany created the need for market to trade goods and the only way for that market was for Empire. The need for liberation in Bosnia was great and the nationalistic thoughts and actions of the Black Hand gave reason for war. Without the German desire for unity and greater influence among the world and the French lust for revenge after the Alsace-Lorraine war, maybe the war would not have happened. But in ways more than one the war was inevitable. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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