World War 1 Essay John Dechert 3-15-14 Per.1 If there is a war to be more fated by time and

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World War 1 Essay John Dechert 3-15-14 Per.1 If there is a war to be more fated by time and history, those big masts and sail in the sea, then I can think of no better example, for no better example exists, than the First World War. Indeed, upon the outset of war, fate seemed to rear its most virtuous and peaceful hand, by picking up Gavrilo Princip and putting him directly in the path of the Archduke of Austria and his wife, who he loved so dearly. However, it is unlikely for the hand of fate to spark of the war with the murder of just one man. Instead the hand of fate positioned all the great and mighty, for assuredly they were, European powers into positions for a world war. The primary causes of such a fateful war would have to…show more content…
After the Great Napoleonic Wars, of nearly a century antecedent, a new sense of national consciousness and spirit had infected the peoples of europe, like the plague had done centuries before. Indeed, these two plagues were to, as evidenced by the First World War, have their great a mighty death tolls (almost to rival each other). Moreover, nationalism was to create great discrepancies in the natural order of borders that had been relatively left alone for hundreds of years. One of the best examples of this sort of discrepancy was the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, which had been fought over by the French and the Germans for half a century prior to the First World War. Indeed, there were both Frenchmen and Germans living in the provinces, and this fact made it terribly difficult to figure who exactly owned the provinces. Obviously, this discrepancy would have to be solved by blood; and so followed the discrepancies in the Balkans and the East of Europe, all to be solved on the battlefield. Thirdly, as countries began the military build-up of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, it became increasingly important for nations to ally themselves to each other as to uphold the balance of power. Assuredly, an alliance system of similar fashion and exercise had existed in Europe for the past century or so. Indeed, it wasn’t even surprising that major powers had allied themselves, for, again, they had be

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