World War I : The Aging Political, Economic, And Governmental Systems Of The World

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World War I was without a doubt one of the defining event of the 20th century. It turned America into an industrial power, tore down the dying empires of Europe, and led the world into the Modern Age. One would think that this war, with how destructive it was, would be conventional in its declaration, or reasons for it, but this it was, in fact, very different from how and why wars now might be declared. The aging political, economic, and governmental systems of the time acted as a very intricately set chain of dominoes, set over hundreds, maybe even thousands of years of different leaders making the system more and more complicated. The leaders had to be capable enough to be able to navigate this system effectively, as the fate of their country was in their hands. With this increasingly complicated system, leaders’ occupations were becoming more and more difficult, and it only took a few chance events combined with leaders not as capable as their predecessors and the system’s intricately set chain of dominoes to set off the defining event of the 20th century: World War I. The way governance was conducted in the times of the Early Modern Era was mostly by the power of a monarchy, some with restraint (such as a parliament) and some with constitutions. Russia had a different name for their emperor, the Tsar, (or Czar) that served the same purpose.As has been seen from a modern hindsight, these systems tend to have problems, as they rely on one person and one alone.…

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