World War I Cause and Effect Essay by The Research Group

World War I
Examines causes and consequences.
# 24857 | 1,800 words | 8 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 09, 2003 in History (European - World Wars)

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Examines causes and consequences. Nationalism and separatism. Class struggle; industrial nations against one another and Imperialist nations against social ferment. Views of historians of the period regarding causes. Role played by Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Role of treay commitments. U.S. neutrality and entrance into the war. Various battles. Treaty of Versailles.

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“’Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans,’ Bismarck had predicted, would ignite the next war….War pressed against every frontier. Suddenly dismayed, governments struggled and twisted to fend it off” (Tuchman, 1962, p. 93). But, like a snow avalanche careening down a steep hill, the impetus was impossible to stop and turn back. The war so many had predicted, some had counted on, yet few really wanted, began. “When the war was over the dead per capita were 1 to 28 for France, 1 to 32 for Germany, 1 to 57 for England, and 1 to 107 for Russia” (Tuchman, 1962, 488). By 1918, “the conflagration involved 93% of the world’s population; the countries classified as neutral had a population of 130,000,000 whereas those participating in the war had a ..."

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