War to End All War

War to End All War, also known as the “World War 1” began on August 1, 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918.The war involved thirty-two countries, and took place in Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and the Pacific Ocean. For over four years, closely nine million individuals died and the rest were crippled, psychological trauma or severely injured. Many nations were involved in the conflict, and new weapons such as poison gas, machine guns, flamethrower, mortars and artillery were used. World War I is considered by few, the main man-made mishap of the twentieth century. Initially the war was started based on different policies, but the immediate cause was the assassination of Archduke Franz (Ferdinand of Austria).Gavrilo Princip was am extreme nationalist who shot Archduke Franz and his wife. Everyone started to point fingers at each other, and as a result there was a war. Before, during and after the assassination, there were also four long term causes that help the war gradually develop, such as militarism, alliances, imperialism and nationalism.
Militarism is the belief that a country should maintain a powerful military capability and should be prepared to use strong force to defend or aggressively promote national interest between countries. Although having militarism seems like a good idea for a country to have, it tends to give approval of war. Now because of this, the more one nation build their armies the more the other nations feel they had to do the same. Most countries main priority was to physically and mentally prepare the population for the eventuality of war. This led to leader’s refusing to seek diplomatic solutions in favor of military ones. This affected everyone because, many nations felt that by using brute force, it would end the war faster and was the best option instead of using a subtle strategic activity to solve the problem at hand.