World War 1, 1914:
Cause and Consequence/ historical perspective:
World War 1 is full of cause and consequences, but before getting into the major part, consequences, it is important to know the cause. The two main reasons for the war are the alliances between countries and the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. When the Arch Duke was assassinated by a Serbian terrorist group, the Austria-Hungarian empire was furious, thus leading them to go extreme lengths by declaring war on Serbia. This unintentionally brought in the alliances of both countries, thus bringing in the alliances of the countries, overall ending up with a world war. Now, the reason for choosing cause and consequence for this event is because the first world war's consequences were long lasting, it affected all off Canada and it also affected future events, thus tying in with historical perspective.
The primary consequence of the war was that the country fundamentally changed. The war caused a high death toll, a long struggle, the rights of immigrants being revoked, many civil laws being rescinded, and even the great economy had started to fade. These were all the little consequences caused during the war, yet if put all together, it is seen that Canada as a whole lost a lot. This lead to another consequence that was the downfall of the economy; which can be seen through Borden’s efforts in the 1917 election, which carried the nation to victory in the short term, but fractured the country along regional, cultural, linguistic, and class lines. In fact, English and French relations were never lower, and accusations of French traitors and English militarists were not forgotten. Yet, after years of this non-progressiveness, the labour done by many caused a push for more rights, first through negotiations, and then through strikes. Which, ultimately got back the social order needed for Canada's survival, except one thing was different; no races were segregated due to the new common enemy, the central power countries.
Another consequence was that the war changed the agreement between Canada and the British Commonwealth. As the British started to re-evaluate their current predicament, they found it wise to allow the already independent worthy Canada, to become independent with the treaty of Westminister. This was possibly the most long lasting effect as, throughout the 19th century, Canada was able to continue acts that may not have been sanctioned by the British, therefore pushing Canada to its social and economic boundaries, making Canada dozens of new allies.
The last major consequence due to the first world war is that despite the social and political challenges of the post-war, most Canadians also emerged from the struggle believing they had done important and difficult things together. Their primary fighting force at the front, the Canadian Corps, had achieved a first-class reputation as one of the most effective formations on the Western Fron and the country itself enjoyed an international standing that few observers in 1914 could have predicted.