Essay about The Beginning of World War I

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WWI Synthesis Essay Bruce Lee once said, “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them” (“Bruce Lee”). During World War I, the mistake of Serbia killing the archduke was neither admitted nor forgiven. A series of events brought together the European continent into a bloody and unprecedented war. WWI depicts that a small error or miscommunication leads to a bigger issue and suffering of people as portrayed through the aftereffects of the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. At the beginning of WWI, the civilians and soldier’s initial expectations were expressed through various forms of propaganda, which instilled a sense of nationalism into the civilians and became a driving force to begin the war at all fronts…show more content…
Where would the world be if one brought every man to book? There were thousands of Kantoreks, all of whom were convinced that they were acting for the best--in a way that cost them nothing”(Remarque 12). Remarque makes the point that the soldiers are not patriotic, and it is the nationalism of teachers and adults that causes them to reinforce the importance of protecting the fatherland. Kantorek’s small speech was able to change Paul’s view on the war from dangerous to honorable; however, as the story continues Paul and his friends fight to protect each other rather than their country. Therefore nationalistic heroism is of no value because nothing positive results from it. In conclusion, the beginning of the war was conveyed through the driving force nationalism created by propaganda. The changing technology of the warfare on the battlefield was combined with old tactics, which eventually eased the transition into modern warfare. Each country dug trenches and would throw poison gas, or bombshells into the enemy trench. Although there were heavy casualties, one side did not have a significant advantage, or disadvantage and the war quickly turned into a stalemate. The stalemate called for new technologies, and tactics to help give one’s country an advantage. The most significant invention was the machine gun because with it, thousands of charging enemy soldiers could be shot down effortlessly (Maxwell “Entering WWI”). Christopher
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