An Essay on How Revolution Lead to World War I

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Several events occur between the revolutionary duration until the World War I. This period runs from 1844 to 1948.The events associated with this period both partly and to some extent inclusively result from the effects of revolution or result into the World War I. These happenings can be classified as scientific, technological, industrial, social and religious happenings.

Major scientific breakthrough and technological discoveries were realized in the period following the revolution. Such discoveries also spurred the knowledge and techniques that were used to spur the World War I events and the better understanding of the human race and behavior.

A philosopher and scientist, Charles Darwin published his long researched postulate on the Origin of Species in 1859, giving a clear understanding of the human race and other organismic behavior. In this publication, Darwin explains that the descent of man can be attributed to some lowly organized form based on his early observation of the naked human ancestors, though he acknowledges no one would happily accept his conclusion that men are of the same origin as monkeys and other apes. He explains the evolution of all things related to humans including their thought and behaviors comprehensively.(Part 3 Charles Darwin)

The period running between 1866 and 1876 saw the building of the over two thousand mile telephone line between Europe and North America, the debut of the Colt firearms, and graham bell patenting of the telephone. Thomas Edison does a successful demonstration of the incandescent bulb in 1879 followed by the building of the Appleton Wisconsins first hydroelectric dam three years later. The firearm market revolution occurs in 1883 when Paul Vieille invents the triple power smokeless gunpowder. This more accurate gunpowder debuts with the French two years later in the Rebel rifle. The same year radio waves are discovered by Heinrich Hertz.

In 1893, the opening of the Unites States and Canadian railways allows for the adoption of four time zones in place of solar scheduled time followed by the Wright brothers flying the first aircraft in 1903. The later years leading to the World War I are capped by inventions such as Alfred Wagners continental plate theory, and the artificial nitrogen fixation methods by Haber. ("World History Timeline")

Major social and economic events occurred within the world, with some of them directly leading to the World War I. Most of these events were as a result of the inventions discussed above, as they made it easier for people from various countries to interact and move around freely. Carlmax and Engels publication of their little handout, the Communist Manifesto kicked off a series of reaction in the year 1848.

The enacting of the Compromise of 1850, led to the mitigation of matters of slavery in the United States with regions above certain latitudes labeled as Free states. Later in 1854, Admiral Perry forced a trade interaction between the United States with Japan initiating the subsequent industrialization in Japan. Three years later the United States Supreme Court declared a new rule on the possession of slaves with regard to free states and their owners.

The skyrocketing prices of whale oil due to overhunting by 1859 prompts the drilling of oil wells in the United States, leading to a lowered price in oil prices compared to the initial costs. A year later France launches the design of La Gloire, thereby provoking a ship construction battle with Britain. Due to their lack of proper technology, the French are overcome by the Britons.

An open instance attack is initiated for the first time in 1861 when Lieutenant Henry Farley fires onto a Union-held fortress leading to the eruption of the American Civil War between the southerners and the Union. The war was named in various names and titles by the various groups involved, such as; the war to make men free, the war of liberation and the war to preserve union by the northern states; and the war between the states or the war of aggression by the southern states. The American Civil War, that happened between1861 and 1865, was caused by prolonged sectional disagreements and the grievances that had not been addressed adequately in the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1789.Following the Southern Confederacys defeat, the 13th, 14th and 15th passages of the constitution were done and the slavery institution dropped. The United States reorganized as organized to a single and indistinguishable nation. (Nearing and Scott)

In 1866, the Battle of Koniggratz results in the slaughtering of Austrians by the Prussians using the knowledge they borrowed from the American civil war. The Wagon Box Fight follows a year later. The Matabele War in Rhodesia in 1893 sees the use of Maxim machine gun by the British. This weapon goes a long way to help accelerate colonialization in most African countries.

Alleged atrocities between the Spain and Cuba, lead to the intervention by the United States to help the Cubans to freedom. This results in the explosion of the United States Marine ship, which fuels a US-Spanish warfare in 1898. Other feuds and wars follow in the upcoming years that lead to the World War I. The most notable is the Boer War where the Dutch fight from Britain dependence, which uses the technology that foreshadows the World War I. The Serbian-Austrian feud leads to the seeking of allies by both sides. Serbia appeals to Russia for help and Austrians seek for the Germans help. Therefore as Serbia attacks Austria, Germany, through Belgium attacks Russia and her allies like France. A breach in Belgiums neutrality brings the Great Britain into the battle; hence the World War I kicks off.In August 1914, Germany declared war on France, a battle that is meant to end all wars.(LON And Mandates)

It is, therefore, worth to note that the major technological, sociological and scientific innovations and events are as a result of the revolution and are as well the cause of World War I. All these stand out as they lead and shape the major changes in the world.

Works Cited

"World History Timeline". N.p., 2016. Web. 24 May 2016.

Nearing, Scott. "World Events: A War Of Liberation". Monthly Review 6.2 (1954): 89. Web.

3 Charles Darwin. 2016. pdf.

LON And Mandates. 2016. pdf.

Politics AND Culture of the Nation State. (1870). pdf. pg. 710


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