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causes of world war I

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To what extend was the arms race a cause of WW1? Well it has been argued many times what impact the arms race actually had on the outbreak of WW1. Some believe it didn't have such an impact on the outbreaks of the war since the existence of an enormous and well-equipped army and navy force wouldn't have made it any more or less likely for the war to happen. Others, on the other hand believe, that if it wasn't for each country having such a powerful and strong army and navy force, the great powers would have lacked on confidence to attack one another. Yes indeed, the great powers invested more and more money into their army force, navy force, and their defensive equipments, to be able to feel more powerful and bring their confidence up. Anyhow, the arms race began between Britain and Germany. It was vitally important for Britain to have and maintain the strongest naval army force, in order to have the so called "world power". ...read more.

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Basically each of the great powers was getting prepared for a war, and each of them were of great confidence bringing the message across that they were ready for war. Just incase a war was actually going to break out, each power wanted to be prepared with a big army and materials. I think this is maybe why the arms race was sort of a cause of WW1, since all of them prepared for the war and were well equipped, they became over confident and thought "oh they wouldn't dare attacking me, I have a large army", but the more money invested into an army, the more they brought the message across that they would want a war. And the more they would be a threat to other great powers, which need to be stopped by declaring war. It was all about "who has more power" and honestly I think this was rather childish because considering that a larger army means also a larger number of people dying in that war. ...read more.

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Anyhow things turned out to be completely different. On the 14th of July Austria Hungary decided they want war although not even having the proof that it was really Serbians who shot Ferdinand and his wife. On the 20th then they put an ultimatum on Serbia. Then Russia decided to do get involved and has warned Austria Hungary that they will declare war if they would attack Serbia. Serbia has rejected the ultimatum, having Russia on its side now, and prepared for war. Austria as well got prepared, having Germany on its side. This is how the WW1 started and I do believe that it could have been prevented if Austria would have just waited for an report of who actually took part in the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife. Although I also understand their anger or maybe they just waited for a reason to be able to finally declare war on Serbia. We will never know the actual backgrounds but we know that the assassination of the Austrian emperor was the main cause of the outbreak of WW1! ...read more.

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