World War I Had Devastating And Everlasting Effects

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World War I had devastating and everlasting effects across the European continent. The Austria-Hungary and Russian Empire’s collapsed. New nations were formed including Poland, and Czechoslovakia, which has recently been separated into Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Communism became widespread in Eastern Europe and large amounts of land and resources were gained by Great Britain and France. The war began when Yugoslavian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo, Serbia, after which, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. International alliances quickly formed and within weeks most of the world’s superpowers were involved and the conflict spread rapidly around the…show more content…
With the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, the industries of the United States quickly went into high gear to produce the war materials and other goods needed by the warring powers. Because of its strategic location and vast shipping facilities, New York Harbor became the main port for transporting those materials overseas. On any given workday the harbor was a beehive of activity, with ships coming and going; with tugs, barges, lighters and other harbor craft scurrying between the ships and the numerous piers lining the New York and New Jersey waterfronts; and with the constant traffic from the interior of loaded trains carrying the commodities that fed the frenzy. One of the most important and most dangerous of these commodities was munitions--the gunpowder, explosives, shells and other ammunition and components required by the weapons of war. Although the movement of these volatile goods through the busy and crowded port posed a constant threat to the thousands upon thousands of residents jammed in on either side of the harbor, all remained relatively safe and quiet for the first two years of the war. However, this peaceful coexistence between munitions and populace was shattered early on July 30, 1916. The weather had been unseasonably cool when the residents of New York City and the surrounding area went to bed the preceding Saturday. In the early hours of Sunday morning, their
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