This essay will consider the extent to which the alliance system was the most significant of these causes, and more crucially, the way in which the alliance system was linked to the other causes.
It will be argued that the alliance system, whilst a key provocation of tension, was neither the most significant cause nor the trigger for war; however, it was arguably the factor which created a war on such a scale − which created the first ‘World War’.
(Humanities Alive 4, pp 5) This put the whole of Europe on edge and ready to fight and go to war.
This frenzy for building up military force was encouraged by nationalism, the development of loyalty to your country.
World War I, also known as the First World War, was a global war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918.
From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II, it was called simply the World War or the Great War, and thereafter the First World War or World War I.But when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia Russia helped Serbia.Germany and Italy then decided to help out Austria-Hungary and declared war on Russia, which caused France to join Serbia and Russia in war.When World War One broke out on 28th July 2014 it was seemingly a direct result of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo whose death in June triggered the July crisis whereby a period of intense diplomatic relationships failed and the Alliance system dragged everyone into war.I have just pointed out two factors that caused the First World War, the Alliance system and the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, but other factors, such as imperialism, nationalism and militarism also had a role to play.This created a much bigger war than was originally expected with the Triple Entente (France, Britain and Russia) on one side and the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy) on the other.Militarism also had a huge impact on World War 1; though its influence may not have been as big as Nationalism or Imperialism it still had influenced the war greatly.Nationalism began to develop in Europe in the 1800's and helped to form alliances between countries that had a similar culture and spoke the same languages.Nationalism also created conflict between countries that had very different customs and beliefs.The four main causes that started the first world war.Militarism was one of the causes of the causes of the World War 1.