The three forces at work in Europe that helped set the stage for war were:
- The Tangled Alliance System
World War I was an international conflict that from 1914 to 1918 embroiled most of the nations of Europe along with Russia, the United States, the Middle East, and other regions. The war pitted the Central Powers—mainly Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Turkey—against the Allies—mainly Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Japan, and, from 1917, the United States.
It ended with the loss of the Central Powers. The war was virtually unprecedented in the carnage, slaughter, and destruction it caused.
Phillip G. Pattee, Ph.D, a retired U.S. Navy submarine officer and associate professor of strategy and military operations at the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, is the author of a new book about World War I. Find out more here.