The first armed conflict in history recorded by eyewitnesses was the Battle of Megiddo in 1479 BCE between Thutmose III (r. 1458-1425 BCE) of Egypt and an alliance of former Egyptian territories under the leadership of the King of Kadesh.
World War I, also known as the Great War, began in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. His murder catapulted into a war across Europe that lasted until 1918.
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on 28th June 1914, it triggered a chain of events that resulted in World War 1. After the assassination, Austria-Hungary threatened war on Serbia. They set out some very harsh demands that Serbia must meet.
The earliest records of war date around 2700 BC. The ancient Sumerians carved battle records onto stone tablets [source: The Origins of War]. The conflict was between the Sumerians and the neighboring Elamites, who lived in what is now Iran.
The Longest Wars Ever To Be Fought In Human History
|Rank||War or conflicts||Duration|
|2||Anglo-French Wars||748 years|
|3||Byzantine-Bulgarian wars||715 years|
|4||Roman–Persian Wars||681 years|
The shortest war in history: The Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896. At 9am on 27 August 1896, following an ultimatum, five ships of the Royal Navy began a bombardment of the Royal Palace and Harem in Zanzibar.
Photo by Harris & Ewing via the Library of Congress. “This is a war to end all wars.” Throughout the war that spanned from 1914–1918, the world witnessed many events, including: Germany fighting on two fronts — Belgium and France on the west, Russia and Romania on the east.
Germany really, really wanted a war with Russia to acquire new territory in the east, but couldn’t justify it. Going to war to back its Austrian ally was more than enough and Austria had a reason to go to war with Serbia. That’s why Germany takes the blame for World War I.
The war pitted the Central Powers—mainly Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey—against the Allies—mainly France, Great Britain, Russia, Italy, Japan, and, from 1917, the United States. It ended with the defeat of the Central Powers.
The Japanese intended the attack as a preventive action to keep the United States Pacific Fleet from interfering with its planned military actions in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.
Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 drove Great Britain and France to declare war on Germany, marking the beginning of World War II. Over the next six years, the conflict would take more lives and destroy more land and property around the globe than any previous war.
So, depending on how one counts, the American war in Vietnam lasted for either seven years, or fourteen years, or twenty years, making it both longer and shorter than the current war in Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror.
Organized warfare began around 3000 BCE and, by about 2250BCE, the Sargon of Agade – the first great conqueror of the Sumerian cities of Mesopotamia – is generally believed to have formed the first standing (permanent) army of some 100,000 soldiers.
Economic Gain Often wars are caused by one country’s wish to take control of another country’s wealth. Some scientists believe that as the world’s population increases and basic resources become scarce, wars will be fought more often over fundamental essentials, such as water and food.