World History : World War I

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Muctaru Bah Professor Ann Reilly World History II World War I Essay At the turn of the 20th century, the nations of Europe had been largely at peace with one another for nearly 30 years due to efforts being made to ban war and achieve a permanent peace since the 19th century. Though Europeans believed that this progress would make war a thing of the past, rising tensions would cause a massive war that engulf Europe and spread across the globe. The boiling point ended up being Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war against Serbia setting off a chain reaction within the alliance system. The countries of Europe followed through on their pledges to support one another. As a result, nearly all of Europe soon joined what would be the largest, most destructive war the world had yet seen. Said war was the First World War, an international war, involving multiple allied European nations beginning in 1914 and ending 1918. The war drew in all the world’s economic great powers, two opposing alliances were formed: the Allies (based on the Triple Entente of the United Kingdom, France, and the Russian Empire) and the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary. This brutal war came at many costs for each participant as loss and suffering was unforgiving. Whether their suffering was in the number of military forces who died, civilians who were caught in the crossfire included, or the sheer destruction of the European homeland itself. Thought it been a century since WWI, the world remembers
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