World War 1 erupted in 1914. World War 1 had many countries involved but not all of them entered at the same time. There were many causes for the outbreak of World War 1. One cause of World War 1 was militarism. Militarism is the glorification of one countries military. Many countries were getting this militarism idea because they dreamed of war being glorious. Many people would soon find out that war is not good. Another thing that goes along with militarism and the outbreak for World War 1 was the armsrace. Many countries wanted to have the best armies and navies with the best weapons. The worst competition was the naval rivalry between Britain and Germany. To protect it’s vast overseas empire, Britain had built the world’s most respected navy.
When Germany began to obtain colonies, it began to build a strong navy also. A result of this rivalry led to a war between the two which was one cause of World War 1. A second cause of World War 1 was imperialism. Imperialism is the domination by one country of the political, economic, or cultural life of another country or religion. Economic rivalries were a big cause of World War 1. The British felt endangered by Germany’s fast economic growth. By 1900, Germany’s new, modern factories vastly out produced Britain’s older ones. This was a strong economic reason for Britain to oppose Germany in any disagreement. Imperialism also divided European nations. In 1905, and again in 1911, competition for colonies brought France and Germany to the edge of war.
This was also another cause for the outbreak of World War 1. There were also many effects that World War 1 had. One effect was the economic impact. Governments raised taxes and borrowed huge amounts of money to pay the costs of war. They rationed food and other products, from boots to gasoline. Also they introduced other economic controls, such as setting prices and threatening strikes. Another effect of World War 1 was propaganda war. Both the Central powers and Allies waged a propaganda war.
In Germany, people learned to sing a “Hymn of Hate” against the British. World War 1 did not have any good effects, which is why war is not a good thing. When World War 1 ended more than 8.5 million people were dead. Double the number were wounded, and many were handicapped for life. Also famine threatened many regions. The destruction was made even worse in 1918 by a deadly epidemic of influenza. In just a few months, the flu swept around the world, killing more that 20 million people. World War 1 brought about many bad things.