causes and consequences of World war One

Causes
On 28 June 1914, a Serbian shot an Austrian. Within six weeks, many of the countries of Europe had become involved in a war that was to cause the deaths of 10 million soldiers, but was the assassination the only cause of war?
Four underlying causes of war

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand signalled the rapid slide into world war, but this wasn’t the only cause. There were underlying causes in the run-up to the First World War.
In the 1930s, historians argued that there were four underlying long-term causes of the First World War:
Nationalism – the belief that your country is better than others. This made nations assertive and aggressive.
Imperialism – the desire to conquer colonies, especially in Africa. This brought the powers into conflict – Germany wanted an empire. France and Britain already had empires.
Militarism (Arms Race) – the attempt to build up a strong army and navy gave nations the means and will to make war.
Alliances – in 1882, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy formed the Triple Alliance. This alarmed, France, Britain and Russia. By 1907, they had all joined the Triple Entente. Europe was divided into two armed camps, to help each other if there was a war.
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/ir1/underlyingcausesrev1.shtml – BBC bitesize History causes of the war)

 

Consequences

there were many consequences of World War One that greatly impacted not only the lives of people involved by also of the mass destruction on buildings and infrastructure but also economically and geographically with changes that affected the future of Europe and the World. Through this graph it can be seen as an estimate of the cost of War globally. (information from spartacus education)

Allied Powers

Cost in Dollars in 1914-18

United States

22,625,253,000

Great Britain

35,334,012,000

France

24,265,583,000

Russia

22,293,950,000

Italy

12,413,998,000

Belgium

1,154,468,000

Romania

1,600,000,000

Japan

40,000,000

Serbia

399,400,000

Greece

270,000,000

Canada

1,665,576,000

Australia

1,423,208,000

New Zealand

378,750,000

India

601,279,000

South Africa

300,000,000

British Colonies

125,000,000

Others

500,000,000

Total of all Costs

125,690,477,000

Central Powers

Cost in Dollars in 1914-18

Germany

37,775,000,000

Austria-Hungary

20,622,960,000

Turkey

1,430,000,000

Bulgaria

815,200,000

Total of all Costs

60,643,160,000

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s