causes of WW1
The Long Range Causes
In the introduction to a recent survey of the origins of World War I, the author begins with a quote from British scholar C. V. Wedgwood:
"The war solved no problems. Its effects, both immediate and indirect, were either negative or disastrous. Morally subversive, economically destructive, socially degrading, confused in its causes, devious in its course, futile in its result, it is the outstanding example in European history of meaningless conflict."
Although Wedgewood was not writing on the 1914-1918 War, but on the Thirty Years' War in the Seventeenth Century, the sentiment expressed is relevant. Europe was never to recover from The Great War. It destroyed a relatively peaceful century of progress, destroyed the very dynasties which it was initiated to save, and laid the foundations for Lenin, Mussolini, and Hitler. In the ethnic hatred, racism, and nationalism of the post-war period lay the seeds of a second terr...