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Causes of WWI


American philosopher, Noam Chomsky, once stated, "Nationalism has a way of oppressing others" (BrainyQuote). Nationalism is a powerful thing, and the many countries who were involved in the first World War would agree. Each nation believed they were the most powerful, and would go to great lengths to prove it. Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Italy, Austria-Hungary, and France are examples of some powerful forces in Europe during the start of the 20th century. These nations faced conflicts between each other based on resources, and land disputes (Beck). Their passion about their nations was the start of tension building between these countries, and is one of the main causes of World War 1.


Militarism is stated as a political position of people or a government in an attempt of maintaining a strong military strength and prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests. The growing European divide had led to an arms race between the main countries. The armies of both France and Germany had more than doubled between 1870 and 1914 and there was fierce competition between Britain and Germany for mastery of the seas. Int the decades prior to 1914 militarism was a defining force in several European nations. Governments and aristocracies were strongly influenced, if not dominated, by their military personnel and considerations. Militarism denoted a rise in military expenditure, an increase in military and naval forces, more influence of the military men upon the policies of the civilian government, leading to a total war. Militarism was one of the main causes of the First World War.


Imperialism is one of the major driving forces behind World War I. This system of exploitation took advantage of the power to control smaller colonies. Basically, Imperialism is a system where a powerful nation rules and exploits one or more colonies. Many of the countries in Europe were major imperialistic powers. The nations thirst for power and more land caused a shift in power in the Balkan Peninsula. Because of this shift in power, imperialism eventually lead to nationalism and militarism.


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