The assertion that some historians have argued that the First World War was a logical, perhaps inevitable, outcome of the revolutionary changes of the nineteenth century is an accurate statement.
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The first two factors that contributed to the longterm causes of WWI were Militarism and Alliances. The growing Europeans divide had led to an arms race between the main countries involved in the war The armies of both France and Germany had more than doubled in size between 1870 and 1914. In addition, there was great competition between Britain and Germany for the rules of the sea. This led to the alliances that were signed between countries. Between the years 1879 and 1914 there were several alliances signed. These were important because it meant that some of the countries had no option but to declare war is one of their allies declared war first.
The other two major longterm causes for World War I were imperialism and nationalism. By 1900, the British Empire extended over five continents. In addition, France had control of large areas of Africa. With the rise of industrialism, countries needed new targets. The amount of land that was operated by Britain and France increased the rivalry with Germany. Also during this time, strong nationalist elements led to the re-unification of Italy in 1861 and Germany in 1871. In essence, the European countries were increasing their militarism and also their suspicions of each other. After the assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand everything exploded.
The destructive ferocity associated with World War 1 was like no other. World War 1 popularized the use of the machine gun. This type of weapon was capable of bringing down row after row of soldiers from a significant distance on the battlefield. In addition to the machine gun, land mines were used in large numbers. World War 1 brought about the introduction of new and more powerful...