Why Did WW1 Start?

Why did WW1 start? The conflict between two major powers in 1914 began with the formation of two sets of powers – Austria-Hungary and Germany. These nations shared common enemies and goals, but also disagreed with one another on key factors. The Allied powers backed Germany. By August 1914, Austria-Hungary had an army and Russia a navy. But these nations also had differing views on power dynamics, the war’s causes, and the future of the world.

As soon as the July Crisis erupted, the countries of the Western Allies were pulled into the conflict. Britain, France, and Russia joined the fray. The resulting conflict turned from a minor Balkan problem to the first world war. And in addition to Austria-Hungary and Serbia, France, and Belgium fought alongside Austria-Hungary and Serbia. But there was more to this conflict than that.

The United States sent more than a million soldiers to Europe to fight for the Allies. The war marked the development of new military technologies, such as the use of poison gas. It was a devastating war, and the events of WWI shaped the culture of the United States. By November 1918, the fighting had come to an end. The years afterward saw civil rights activism for African Americans and the passage of the Women’s Right to Vote. And as a result, the United States gained a greater role in world affairs.

Although many historians agree that Germany was to blame for the conflict, many also point to an important factor: the devil-may-care attitude of European statesmen. These statesmen were conditioned by notions of honour, a sense of victory in a quick war, and social Darwinism. But ultimately, the war began because of a few bellicose decision makers in Europe. In July 1914, Germany had the power to prevent the conflict and stop the horrors.