WWI - type of war and causes? - History Month Watch
- Is it still considered mainly an European war because majority of the fighting occurred in Europe?
- Was fighting in the Great War a distraction from domestic affairs for most of powers?
- Or was the international affairs too great to resist?
To understand WWI you need to understand the contemporary belief in The Geographical Pivot of History. Although I personally regard this theory as dumb for a number of reasons it, or something similar but less clearly expressed, underlay a lot of strategic thinking as late as the 1960 and 70s. The Western powers weren't supremely interested in the Balkan question but were very afraid of a Germany that succeeded in colonising the European Plain as far as the Urals.