American History World War I

The World War I started in the year 1914 following a number of intertwined factors, which included hostility and conflict. Various factors such as alliances, Militarism, nationalism and imperialism contributed to the fueling up of this war. The immediate war origin emerged from the decisions made by the generals and the statesmen during the conflict in that time. As noted by Carlisle, (2009), the causes of this war are believed to be significantly more complicated than just a simple list. Although there are a number of events that contributed to this war, the actual root causes were much more complicated and part of the continued discussion and debate. However, the two fundamental causes are Mutual Defense Alliances and Imperialism. During that time, countries in Europe created mutual defense agreements in order to pull into battles. This meant that if one of those countries was attacked, all the allied country would support and defend it. For instance, when Serbia was attacked by Austria-Hungary, Russia came in to defend this country.
The second fundamental reason was imperialism. This resulted due to increase in nation`s power and wealth hence controlling additional territories. In addition, some Asian and African countries were contention points among the European nations because they provided raw materials to these nations. This lead to an increase in competition and powerful empires, thus confrontations mounted leading to World War I (Carlisle, 2009).
World War I could have been avoided if countries involved negotiated with an aim of resolving their conflict peacefully. For instance, Austria and Hungary could have negotiated with Serbia to avoid the conflict extensions. When Saravejo was assassinated in June 1914, politicians went for their holiday sessions and forgot that they were on the war verge. Failure to resolve such issues when they arose contributed to build of conflicts that later developed into war (Carlisle, 2009).
Carlisle,R. (2009). World War I. Eyewitness History Series. New York: Infobase Publishing. ISBN 1438108893, 9781438108896