How did militarism help to cause WWI?
I would define militarism as the glorification of the military. In a country that is militaristic, people think that the military is superior to civilians and that the military should be respected and glorified. This contributed to WWI by giving the military more control over the policies of various countries and by making those countries think that military power was what made them great.
During the time before WWI, many nations started to define their national greatness militarily. They thought that having a strong military made them great. This led, for example, Germany trying to build a much stronger navy to show its power. Germany's naval building programs scared and threatened England and so it tried to increase its navy. This arms race made the two countries more and more suspicious of each other and made war between them more likely.
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