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The Great War as it came to be known was supposed to be the war to end all wars At no time in the history of mankind had the inferno of war engulfed the entire globe World War I left an indelible mark in history as it shook the elitist monarchist governments of Europe and Asia to the core scarred the face of Europe saw the emergence of the greatest nation the United States and set the stage for a global economic crisis and the next world war There were many causes of WWI France had been isolated by Germanys Bismarck after the Franco-Prussian War by Germany forming the Triple Entente with Italy and Austria-Hungary To protect itself France joined an alliance with Great Britain and Russia called the Triple Alliance This forced the six nations into an arms build-up of both land and sea forces to protect the individual nations as well as their respective allies Nationalism was another reason for the war The feverish nationalistic attitudes swept through Europe starting at the conclusion of the French Revolution Peoples with like ideologies and cultures not only wanted to live together they wanted their own sovereign state The Slavic peoples of Austria-Hungary desperately wanted to secede and join the nation of Serbia Imperialism could also be considered as another cause of the war The Industrial Revolution had created many new industries and products In order for these new businesses to grow and expand even more new foreign markets were sought after Great Britain France and Germany the three European economic powers were in constant competition for new markets Their principal targets were usually in Africa On a few occasions late in the 19th century and early in the 20th century the three powers came close to war over disputed markets Militarism was another cause of hostilities Due to extreme nationalistic attitudes of neighboring states and to protect
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