This is my First Essay Writing of History. The following essay is about the causes which led to the start of the First World War.
Final Version: First Essay Writing
The Essay question asks and challenges us to explain how far do we agree with this statement. To justify my opinion I will explain how the Naval Race contributed to the First World War and compare the Naval Race with the Short Term causes first and then with the Long term causes.
The Naval Race was a very important cause that led to the First World War because it created a lot of tension, however, it wasn’t the only or main cause for it to start. In my opinion, the Alliances were the most important because they made a whole and big chain in war, this means that if a rivalry started between two countries, it wasn´t only between them it was between all the alliances they had also. For example, in the First Moroccan Crisis, Great Britain intervened between Germany and France due to the Anglo-French Entente. As a result, many countries finally participated and interfered.
The murder at Sarajevo had a great impact to the war. The value of this cause is that this assassination of Franz Ferdinand, finally marked the start of WW1. All the tension which was kept on the powerful countries was released after the Murder at Sarajevo.
The arms race as well as the First and Second Moroccan Crisis created rivalries and tension. This is how these causes contributed to war. Tension and rivalries are important elements that led to the WW1. This rivalry was between France and Great Britain against Germany. Tension was made by all the events which happened in the First and Second Moroccan Crisis for example when Germany sent to Agadir a gunboat and also for all those attacks that had been prepared like the Schlieffen Plan and the Plan XVII.
The Balkans were a very dangerous place on the map. This was because of all the tension and rivalries that were between the ethnic groups and because many countries wanted the Balkans territory because it had a very strategic position.
A very important cause from the Long Term Causes was the Unification Of Germany. Germany was a Growing Empire. They were a very important Empire because they had a great rivalry with France and Great Britain. As a Growing Empire, they wanted to conquer and expand. For this reason, they participated in a lot of causes like the First and Second Moroccan Crisis, The Naval and Arms Race, The Balkans Crisis, Imperialism and also she was involved in the Triple Alliance.
Another Cause that contributed to WW1 was Imperialism. My point of view of this cause is that without it the WW1 wouldn’t have started. This is because without the Growing, Decaying and Established Empires like the German, The British, the French or the Austro-Hungarian no tension and no rivalries were made so this means that Imperialism had a huge impact.
The Franco-Prussian war and Nationalism, both, contributed to the war in the same way. They both made tension and rivalries. The Franco-Prussian war started tension and a rivalry between Germany and France. In addition, this cause made Germany think in the Arms Race that France was an accessible and simple target. Nationalism also made tension and rivalries between the ethnic groups which fought between them.
Finally, the cause which did not influence so much in this war was the Unification of Italy because Italy only was involved in the Triple Alliance.
All in all, although the Naval Race was a very important cause it wasn’t the only or main cause. They all contributed to war in a way but, my impression is that the Alliances contributed in a bigger way to this war to start.