World War I is probably one of the biggest war that contained so much ?chain reaction?. One feels threatened, they ally with their friends, and another nation feels threatened, so they ally with their friends. The feeling of threat leads into invasions then leads into their allies helping and invading and pretty soon, more allies come from both sides. Sooner or later, a vast amount of area, in this case a whole continent, is on a war. Silly as it may sound, this was World War I. We only hope that the ?feelings of threat? was the cause of war. Some would argue that the assassination of a leader in Europe caused the war to happen. However, war like this was started even before they called it a World War I. In a 1915 issue of the Clock Magazine, it states, ?It is thought that this war that is been ongoing for over a year, began with the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand.
However, many other reasons led to this war, some occurring as far back the late 1800's. Nationalism, militarism, imperialism, and the system of alliances were four main factors that pressed the great powers towards this explosive war. (Clock Magazine 1915 Aug. 17)? Difficult as it may sound, (and it is) this is my argument. Yes Francis Ferdinand was assassinated and sparked the beginning of the war, but that was not the main cause. It may have been the immediate spark that triggered the starting of the war but it was not the main cause. The four major roles that played in the cause of World War I were Nationalism, Militarism, Imperialism, and the Alliance System.
Nationalism: a philosophy that is purely focused on patriotism, loyalty to one?s nation and seeing its nation as the superior nation.