World War I was one of the most devastating wars of all time. It took place in Southeastern Europe around the year of 1914. Some may think “What lead up to the war? What were the causes?” Even though there are several different causes of WWII the main three are militarism, imperialism and, alliances.
Before the outbreak of World War I alliances were created to gain power and strength over the other countries. The two major alliances were the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente. Great Britain, France and Russia made up the Triple Entente while Germany, Austria and Italy were called the Triple Alliance. (Doc A) The alliances did strengthen the countries but with strength and power comes destruction. Europe was in a giant war there was no peace only chaos. (Doc B) After the alliances were created that’s when war broke out so some may say that the alliances in Europe as a big contributor in the upbringing of World War I.
Imperialism means “the extension of power or authority over others” in other words domination over everyone else. Of course in war all sides want domination over the others. For example Great Britain and their Navy attacked everyone around them in hopes of conquering more land/ people. (Doc E) With the alliance Great Britain combined with France and Russia had empires that when added up would exceed 17 million miles.(Doc F) While the Triple Entente only had about 2 million miles of land, obviously the Triple Entente wanted to expand their land creating war between countries.
Militarism, is the most important factor of all, without militarism there would be no war. The growing amount of military arms a country has is threatening in many ways so as one country builds up
its military other countries build their military as well in attempt to have the upper hand. (Doc C) Whoever has the better military has tons of power over the countries that are weaker. You can either be the attacker or the attacked and if you have a weak military you will most likely be the attacked. (Doc D) Militarism is all about building up military so as one country grows and grows in its military it attacks on the smaller countries becoming the biggest part in the cause of World War I.
There are three huge causes to World War I, Imperialism, Alliances and the most important one Militarism. All of these causes did play a giant part in starting the war and there are many more causes but all in all the most important cause of World War I is the building of military.