The first world war of 1914 was mainly driven by conflict of interest in credit and commercial contracts among nations. This is because during this time economically civilized nations had engaged their efforts in embracing the competitive advantages brought by economic interdependence and communication. According to Norman Angell, the growth in economic integration that was evident among European during this time made it futile for the nations to ever engage in war (Angell, 2007).
Nevertheless, economic protectionism and imperialism by individual nations could no doubt prompt military uprising as countries strived to ensure that their territorial wealth remained in its population’s possession. Although economic and territorial power expansionism has been blamed for the 1914 world war, not even the participants’ local population gained significantly from the fight.
The major force behind the bloody conflict was actions by nations to undermine the smooth course of credit-interdependence due to assumed military power dominance (Herwing, & Hemilton, 2003). However, even with power, principles of sustainable harmonious survival of the dominant power could only be realized based on its upholding of ultimate respect for the property rights of its enemy.
This nevertheless contradicts the economic motives of conqueror in acquiring the territory, a factor that promote conflict of interest. Therefore, the 1914 world war was evidently triggered by the forces of economic dominance through conquering of territories and accumulation of wealth by the conqueror (Herwing, & Hemilton, 2003) Based on this reason, the world was inevitable without effective laws governing economic wealth and territorial ownership rights.
Even in this late time when numerous international laws serve to mitigate interstate conflicts, breach of credit and economic contracts compromise international relations among nations. Thus, the war could not have been stopped.
References Angell, N. (2007). The Great Illusion. New York: Cosimo, Inc. Herwing, H. , & Hemilton, R. (2003). Origins of World War One. New York: Cambridge University Press.