The Outbreak Of World War I

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For many years, causes and driving forces leading to the outbreak of World War I have been argued and disputed. Historians and experts have many different ideas and opinions that may have triggered war. Nationalism, militarism, and imperialism may all have played a role in the coming of World War I, but decisions made by European leaders in the summer of 1914 directly accelerated the conflict. Nationalism was strong in many countries until World War I approached. Countries throughout Europe attempted to prove their power and dominance over another, eventually reverting to war. Socialist labor movements grew more powerful, increasing strikes and violent methods to achieve their goals. Not only did aspirations of nationalistic ideas lead to an outbreak of war, ambitious and passionate countries extended the length of war in Europe. As the turn of the century approached, many countries invested in building up strong armies. By 1914, armies of Germany and France had doubled in size since the 19th century. As armies grew, so did the influence of military leaders regarding the mobilization of troops and supplies. Imperialism before 1914 played a major role in economics, culture and territory. Europeans in the late 19th century were drawn close to markets and access to raw materials. Acquiring new territories through exploration with minimal conflict was another idea of imperialistic countries. Asides the use of these ideas, European leaders played the most significant factor
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