World War I and its Aftermath Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

World War I and its Aftermath
An examination of the causes and justifications behind World War I.
# 34532 | 1,150 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 24, 2003 in History (European - World Wars)

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This paper discusses whether the actions of the European powers were justified in beginning the Great War, considering the war's historical impact and huge loss of life. The paper explains that the primary causes of the war were intense nationalism, a growing economic rivalry between the European powers and the European imperialism of other "third world" countries. Furthermore, the paper explains that with Europe split into two extremely hostile and volatile camps, any rocking of the boat of the existing political or military situation in Europe, Africa, or elsewhere provoked an international incident. The paper argues that there was no justification for this war that led to World War II, which in turn created the Cold War.

From the Paper:

"Hindsight is always marked with wisdom because we often see things with maturity that we acted on in our immaturity. The European powers at the turn of the century were riding on the steam of great mechanical and industrial advancements. No one could argue that the world was being reinvented and all at the hands of man. Steam engines, improvements in farming, medical breakthroughs and the invention of advanced weaponry made the crowns of Europe heady with power and why not they had successfully sliced up the continent of Africa amongst themselves--what was next? World War I was a school boy yard fight gone terribly wrong. There was no justification for the movement into war just as there was no absolution in its aftermath.
"World War I lasted from 1914 to 1918 as a localized conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia that began on July 28, 1914. Then the war spread into a general European struggle by a declaration of war against Russia. Soon the war became a global war involving an unbelievable 32

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