Differences and Similarities: World War I and World War II

By | March 13, 2019

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Trench Warfare 1914: German soldiers sleeping in their trench in the snow as two stand guard with rifles poised, near the Aisne River valley, Western Front, France, World War I. Source: (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

What provoked the First World War in history? Was it the same motivating factors that caused the Second World War or was it something totally different?

There are many theories on what started World War I. Various factors led up to the start of the war. Certain empires were trying to increase their empire, claiming more territory and therefore, more resources from those territories. As these empires were sizing each other up, tensions began to increase. All it took then was just a spark like a match to a gas-soaked log of wood to ignite the fire. That spark was the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and wife, Sophia of Austria. The icing on the cake was also Serbia fighting for independence.  

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World War I Source: (pinterest.com)

With all the countries having aligned themselves with each other in various treaties, they all had a stake in what happened between the two small countries. It came down to a power struggle as one by one, more and more countries were thrown into the mix through binding agreements to defend each other. The world was split between the two groups: the Central Powers and the Allied Powers. World War I officially began in 1914 as the teams were picked. The Central Powers were Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey (Ottoman Empire), and Bulgaria. The Allied Powers were France, Britain, Russia, Italy, Japan, and the U.S.