A Total War

Adam Brochu                                                                                                             Period 8
DUE: 10/24/08                                                                                                 Mrs. Trovato

World War I: A Total War

World War I began in Europe in 1914, and it was the perfect example of total war. Many separate nations became involved in this bloody massacre, and every single one of them were devoted to winning for their own individual reasons. In this warfare, the allies consisted of Russia, France, Great Britain, Italy and the United States. These nations fought against Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. The real stories however, came not in the actual battles, but in the treaties and secret alliances that might just have determined the outcome of this war.
There were a great deal of European nations that became involved in World War I, and had they not, they would have been taken over. Serbia is a proud nation located in southeastern Europe that had a role in the war. When the Ottoman Empire began to lose its power in the late 1870’s, Serbia was one of the countries that became independent. Unlike parts of the crumbled empire, the Serbs remained loyal to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Serbian patriots aspired to unite with Bosnia-Herzegovina, a dream known as Pan-Slavism. Russia supported the cause because it was home to millions of Slavs. However, Austria-Hungary was also very determined to better their nations, so they annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina. Obviously, the Slavs in Russia were saddened by this and Serbia was furious. The Serbs were so angry that they created a terrorist group called the Black Hand. They assassinated the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary in 1914. Obviously enraged, Austria-Hungary threatened the Serbs, but rather than give in, Serbia turned to their allies, Russia. This is how Russia became involved; they intervened in order to protect...