Origins Of War

Origins Of War - Laurent King 3 March, 2008 Williamson ,The...

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Laurent King 3 March, 2008 Williamson ‘The Origins of War’ Short Essay 832 words The road leading to The Great War was filled with rampant arms races and military expansion amongst the European nations, providing these nations with the means and the will to declare war. “The years before 1914 had seen unprecedented arms races, most conspicuously the Anglo-German naval race after 1898” (Williamson, 2). Nations like Germany had recently unified and emerged as new world powers and for many other European nations, such as Britain and France, this posed a threat to their position as economic and political world powers. Initially, the dispute involved only Austria-Hungary and Serbia, who were facing internal problems centered around the rise of nationalism and the Panslavic movement. However, as a result of the tension that existed between nations in Europe, they would eventually join in on the war. No one cause can be attributed to the outbreak of the Great War, rather the combined effect and influence of each of the participants involved that led to what we refer to today as the First World War. In many of the European nations, the “rampant, virulent, passion-filled” ideal of nationalism had been a rising phenomenon that influenced the attitudes of many people. “After 1900 each country had its own shrill nationalism” (Williamson, 2). Nationalism is a social ideal
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