Structure in a World Gone Mad Essay by kmae

Structure in a World Gone Mad
Explains several theories and their contribution to the origin of WWI.
# 27117 | 2,320 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2003 | US

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This paper is an analysis of WWI (1914-1918) based on the concepts of realism, miscalculation, institutional and cultural motives as causes of the war. The paper argues that war is a choice, and WWI was entered into rationally by all parties, all based on the structure of the international regime.

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"War does not simply occur, it is a choice made my each nation involved. In 1914, no one wanted war, but they nonetheless made the war choice. With so many theories available in political science as to what started WWI, we must not forget some of the war reducing factors, and the fact that there were strong reasons to not make the war choice, but instead to keep the status quo. Most European countries had colonies, and the colonialism that was in full force at that time reduced the tensions in Europe by transferring power conflicts to areas where war was not as easy or possible. In addition, parliaments controlled the major powers of 1914 and all had the opportunity to veto the war choice through budgetary decisions. If parliament would not provide money or approve of tax increases, the ruling government, the executive branch, could not go to war. As it is now, Europe was also very monetarily internationally interdependent. There was also the consolidation of peace parties to consider, such as the Reishkov in Germany. In the event of European war, they planned to perform mass resistance in an attempt to grind the economy to a halt, and it was the largest party in the 1912 German Parliament. Another reducing factor was that all of the monarchies of Europe were blood-related and the invention of the telegraph kept everyone in close communication."

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