World War I

World War I

Typical trench on the western front. Photograph taken at the battle of the Somme in 1916.

Typical trench on the western front. Photograph taken at the battle of the Somme in 1916. (John Warwick Brooke, Imperial War Museum)

Causes: militirism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism (MAIN).

The assassination of Austro-Hungrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist directly leads to the start of WWI.

New Technology that comes out : machine guns, trench warfare, chemical weapons, tanks, and planes.

Effects: insane loss of life, Russia especially loses a lot of men and it directly leads to the Russian Revolution. U.S. President Wilson comes up with a 14 point plan for "peace without victory". It never happens as the other European countries make Germany sign the Treaty of Versailles which makes Germany: take responsibility for whole war and pay back billions of dollars in reparations which destroys their economy.

The League of Nations is created but without U.S. support, it really has no impact o future conflicts. 

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