Primary Factors of the Great World War
On June 28, 1914, as the deafening sound of the gunshot that killed Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife echoed briskly throughout Sarajevo, the news of this unexpected assassination spread quickly throughout the world. Surprisingly, whether or not it was known at the time, the death of the Archduke was one of the key events that eventually led to World War One. Along with the assassination, militarism, imperialism, nationalism, and alliances between warring nations were also circumstances during the war. Nationalism in the European nations supported their leaders’ aggression towards other countries, the fear of war from the invasion in Belgium caused military alliances, which further began economic competition and imperialism. This domino effect of these four main factors marked the official beginning of World War One—The Great War.
The battle of World War One was waiting to begin since the start of militarism in emulous European nations. The rise of militarism expenses in particularly Germany and Russia indicated that a war was on the verge to take place. The dictatorship in these and other European countries helped spread the idea of militarism because the use of threats and violence was strictly enforced in nations, thus resulting in large and well-trained armies. The armies would begin to prepare for war, and neighboring countries would also prepare for self-defense. Rivalries grew more among European nations, along with the growth of armies. With all the tension between nations in Europe, there was no doubt the war was on its way.
The preparation for war spurred even more technology and industrialization than what had already occurred. World War One was the first war to use heavy artillery such as tanks and submarines, U-boats, rifles, and gases. Greater rivalry formed as an effect of this. Warring nations wanted to out-do and out-last each other, which made World War One a war of attrition while...