Civilians may be expected to 'bow and scrape' to the military. This rivalry of militarism between countries was a significant cause of the start of World War I. So, countries built up their armies to build up their empires. The arms race Military victories, whether in colonial wars or major conflicts like the Crimean War 1853-56 or the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 , only increased the prestige of the military and intensified nationalism. In the years leading up to World War I, there was a great arms build up, particularly in Great Britain and Germany. This alarmed Britain prompting it to build up her navy in an attempt to maintain her military dominance of the sea. Colonies provided navies and marines ports and coaling stations and raw materials for industrialization.
This was what started the war and what allowed it to continue for so long. In such a society, the military plays a central role in the government, if not the predominant role. Thus, when a small skirmish broke out between Austria and Serbia, Europe went into a violent and deadly war quite quickly. With their victory the various German states unified and became the undisputed military power on the European continent. North Korea, the Soviet Union and Sparta are three examples of militaristic societies.
Russia interested in the Balkans as an outlet to the Mediterranean Sea. To counter this alliances were formed. British land forces kept order and imposed imperial policies in India, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Having studied the lessons of the Crimean War and other 19th century conflicts, military industrialists developed hundreds of improvements and rushed them to patent. In an attempt to eliminate the threat of American involvement in Europe, Foreign Minister Alfred Zimmerman attempted to provoke Mexico and Japan into attacking the United States with the promise of German assistance after the European front was conquered. An agreement for both powers to consult each other if either powers were at war with a third nation. Military leaders gained increased influence and importance as many countries in Europe began defining themselves by the strength of the military.
Upon graduating to adulthood, Spartan boys often would become members of the Spartan army, where most Spartan men served. Edward House, an adviser to U. Their embarrassing defeat against the Japanese resulted in Russia spending a huge amount of money on its military to avoid such future disasters. Militaristic ideology combined with technological advancement of the late 19th and early 20th century resulted in an arms race among powerful European nations. Britain was worried because it had no allies among the Powers, but it was not prepared to ally with Germany after the Boer War.
Alongside militarism, there were other triggers for war. Aim: One of the main objectives of the Triple Alliance was to prevent war between Italy and Austria-Hungary over their territorial dispute. Generals and admirals sometimes acted as de facto government ministers, advising political leaders, influencing domestic policy and demanding increases in defence and arms spending. France, Austria, Russia, Italy, etc. To maintain neutrality if the other power was at war unless faced with two or more powers; then military aid would be provided.
Soviet Union Another prominent example of militarism was the Soviet Union. In 1884 the prominent newspaperman W. In one of the biggest displays of militarism, several countries began building up their armies in order to intimidate one another. A rise in nationalism and growing competition for colonies encouraged the build-up of greater weapons and military power. The country may even become a military dictatorship. Italy resented France because they prevented the setting up of Italian colonies, and the British and Russians clashed over who should have control in Persia modern Iran , but were both worried that Germany would take land in the Middle East.
However, military strategists predicted certain defeat for the Germans if America entered the war at this point. The first thing that makes them this way is that the samurai became emperors of city-states trying to endlessly conquer eachother. In theory, the citizens from age 20-30 were the on call military force, ready to march at a moments notice, though all males from age 20-60 were part of the active army. Instead of a few hundreds of thousands of men meeting each other in war, millions would now meet — and modern weapons would multiply manifold the power of destruction. Strong armies and navies were needed to defend the homeland; to protect imperial and trade interests abroad; and to deter threats and rivals.
The battleship demonstrated Britain's commitment to military dominance. This then caused many other conflicts before the war started. Competition focused on the possession of Dreadnoughts. They are definitely the most militaristic country in human history so far and hopefully is stays that way The last one I will show you are the ancient Japanese. Militarism, combined with new weapons, emerging technologies and developments in industrial production, fuelled a European arms race in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Italy joined Germany and Austria-Hungary in signing the Triple Alliance agreement in 1881.