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How did militarism lead to World War I?

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Militarism between the Great Powers in Europe and Asia put military leaders, namely generals and admirals, in primary leadership positions as government ministers. While mass-producing new weapons and drafting war plans, these leaders refused to seek diplomatic solutions in favor of military ones.

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How did militarism lead to World War I?
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Militarism refers to the belief or notion that a nation should keep a powerful military and use it aggressively to promote its own interests. When discussing the events unfolding in Europe, Col. Edward House, an adviser to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, said, ���The situation is extraordinary. It is militarism run stark mad.��� Revolutionary advances in technology and large-scale production emboldened these militaristic governments and aristocracies, paving the way to the First World War.

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