A Systems View on What Caused World War One Introduction World War One, which lasted from 1914 to 1918, claimed 15 million lives and was the most destructive conflict in history up until that time. World War One was so apocalyptic that, until World War Two, it was known as the Great War, or the War to End All Wars. Naturally, World War One has attracted a great deal of interest from historians of all stripes, and one of the most frequently-posed historical questions has to do with the origin of the war. Who was to blame for this worldwide conflagration? The question has been asked for nearly a century now, and a number of plausible answers have surfaced. Historians have employed any number of methods, and historiography rooted in the...The end:
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