Most Powerful Countries In 1914Which powers were the most powerful in 1914, on the onset of WW1? Please only answer if you are knowledgeable in world affairs during this time period.
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The British Empire, the most powerful Empire to have ever existed.
The British had the largest empire by far in 1914, and the largest the world had ever seen then and now. Unlike Germany's, the British Empire was rewarding economically, India being the crown Jewel of the British Empire, also still having the large colonies of Canada and Australia. The British Empire's combined population was the largest in the world by far, London was seen as the centre of the world and the Royal Navy had defeated the Germans in the Naval Race.
The British empire was the world's biggest and grandest empire the world had ever seen. They had a massive and diverse economy which surpassed the modern day equivalent of the USA, almost 25% of the world's population and a huge modern navy which was unrivalled until 1945 after many years of gruelling warfare over 30 years later. Britain had a highly trained professional expeditionary force of 300,000 men and was the inventor of new technologies such as the tank. The phrase pax brittania was used to describe Britain's dominance of the world
The British had intelligent leaders and their comebacks were amazing including the one in which France nearly got destroyed in world war 1 by Germany but the UK made a comeback32 Comments
Germany fought a war against the next three most powerful countries in the world, (Britain, France, Russia) only had allies who diverted soldiers and resources from its own fronts, and still almost won several times. The only fields in which Germany was outclassed were in reliable allies, the navy, and resources.
In terms of military might, the German Empire was likely the strongest of its time. During the First World War they were outnumbered, outgunned and had fight off enemies on different fronts, yet still managed to put up a very strong fight. The Germans also had to deal with inept allies, who continuously got into trouble, causing the Germans to pull more forces from their own battles in order to help out. While Germany did have what was probably the best land force during the war, the British Empire had a much larger navy, able to keep the main force of German navy, and their international trade, at bay (although the U-boats proved to be a big help in attacking allied trade). It would probably be easy to say that the British and Germans were near to equal, but looking at how the Germans were able to fight off multiple nations at once, and in many cases succeed in their battles against them, I would rank them as the most powerful nation in the First World War (again, from a military ...more
Germany was landlocked and outgunned by opponents with superior numbers and positions. Yet Germany held on fighting 2 fronts one against the Russian Bear and another against France and Britain. Also the start of war didn't follow their war predictions. And if it wasn't bad enough Germany had allies with superior numbers but inferior tactics, economies, and technology. And yet Germany withstood and became a formidable opponent holding off the Russians, British, and French, while supporting inferior allies with no idea of what type of war they marched into, faced economic and technological challenges all at the same time. The only reason they lost was an influx of US troops. The war in perspective was a miracle for Germany to hold on so long and dispose of so many opponents
One of the leaders in culture, science, and economy at the time and had some of the most brilliant military minds of the day, it's amazing to think how just a few decades before, this country hadn't even existed. Their organization, advanced military weapons and their advance use of them changed the way the world fought wars, forever. While not as large as France or Russia, they were so much better equipped and trained that to say Germany wasn't the most powerful country at the time is rather insane. And that's just their land forces, their navy rivaled Britain's with their own dreadnought and the emergence of U-Boats.31 Comments
Just thtink so
This is a joke right? The United States was extremely weak before WWII. The army was made entirely up of around 10,000 unexperienced volunteers, the navy was a joke, and the economy was in shambles around this time. Where as the Germans, British, French, and Russians all had massive armies and navies and huge industrial bases to support them. A lot of people don't seem to understand that prior to WWII the USA had no say on the world stage and wasn't very powerful at all.
Had one of the best armies ever,economy was soaring AND had almost unlimited resources. without us Britain and France would have been toast!13 Comments
MOST OF AFRICA, WAS FRENCH, NOT BRITISH, HAD BETTER NAVY AND MILITARY THAN BRITISH, BIGGER ECONOMY THAN BRITISH, AND LARGER COUNTRY THAN ANY OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRY.
France didn't have a small weak army like the brits it was giant. They also where very well trained. They also did great in about the worst position in the world
France took a great part of Africa out in 1914, although most of the land they claimed are dessert...
France had a huge navy and air force taking a huge part on war.9 Comments
I think that the Austria-Hungary was not a very shaky empire even though it has internal problems with its multi-national ethnic, it is still a great power because it have large army, it have many resources and it is the fastest growing economy of all the European powers.
The Austro Hungarian empire had the best military in terms of men power and training, it managed to face 4fronts in the war at once.
The Austrian empire was a powerful nation of many ethnic groups and just lacked proper command of its huge and modern army.
Austria-Hungary was very unstable in 1914 due to its large numbers of ethnic groups. However it was a reasonably large country/empire, therefore had a large military.4 Comments
Japan is strong
The Japanese had taken Taiwan, Port Arthur and Korea during a war with China in 1894-1895 and also defeated Russia during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). The Japanese were at this stage were a dominant force in the Pacific, military orientated and had a booming labour force.
Yes, Japan Lacked a lot to make them the best. But they had a great navy and Good force overall. Japan In 1890's captured some of china, taiwan, and korea. They Could Easily crush the Germans navy in pacific since they took down germanys colonies in the pacific. Japan was as well a navy super power.
The Japanese where some of the strongest countries during WW1 they easily took down russia and the qingand during ww2 the only reason that they lost was the americans and russians1 Comment
They had a lot of problems and they had to drop out because of that.
Even through Tsar II was overthrown
And Russia became democracy during 1917-1918
Some how the Communist took
over the Russia Democracy state (Not Monarchy a state actually)
Because Tsar wasn't there from his throne during the civil war
(its seems the empire state is stronger than democracy state when it comes to civil war. During the Feb Revolution)
That part about Russia being the largest country the world has ever seen is actually not right. The Mongol Empire had all the lands Russia had plus modern day Korea, China, Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, the Middle East, Turkey, Northern India, and parts of Greece. Plus the British Empire was larger too, even larger than the Mongol Empire in terms of landmass.
Very strong with a massive army13 Comments
Needs to be 3.
They fought very well in Arabia and Gallipoli. But Arab revolt didn't end good for them.
The Ottoman Empire was regarded as the poor man of Europe at this stage, had suffered defeat in the First Balkan War from Balkan states which reclaimed nearly all Ottoman territory in Europe.
Ottoman empire is 2
Ottoman empire was the strongest8 Comments
If Italy beat the Turks in a war why are they below them?
Enough with this nonsense about Italy as a "new country". Germany was born in 1871, 10 years after the birth of the Kingdom of Italy. Italy is much more ancient than its official birth date reveals.
In 1914 Italy had already conquered Libya. In the four years 1914-1918 the belligerent nations produced a total of over 195,000 aircraft and flying boats of all kinds Italy alone produced over 12000 airplanes, most of Russia and Austria-Hungary combined.
Italy was the first nation in the world using airplanes during WWI.
Italy was a relatively new country and lacked an empire. It's production was extremely low compared to Germany and France.3 Comments
Romania was able to hold off three armies as well as make huge advances. It easily beat back the Central Powers when it started to get cornered. Took three armies to do it and it didn't even fully work.
This is not true. The Austro-Hungarian Empire helped the Germany army. Romanians beat the Hunharians when the war was finished and they need to laid down their arms. Sorry but this is the true. Read over on History books.
The Romanians beat the Hungarians in the Romanian-Hungarian war of 1919 and the USA was on Hungarys team and the Romanians were by them selfs
I don't care about history.. this is present...forget the past
The Canadians and some other conmen Wealth created all arms warfare and they were much feared.
Why are we fourteenth? Sure we had a small army, but we had the best
We were never defeated at battle we should be top 5 at least
If you research it some estimates say Canada had over 600,000 soldiers fight in World War 1 and the US had only 190,00011 Comments
I think they fought very well against Serbia. - Votebotingsucks
The Kingdom of Bulgaria participated in World War I on the side of the Central Powers from 14 October 1915, when the country declared war on Serbia, until 30 September 1918, when the Armistice of Thessalonica came into effect.
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Bulgaria is 2 kook 4 skool2 Comments
Belgium is actually severely underestimated during this period because they didn't stand up to Germany - however, they had a huge industrial capability for its size, notably in steel, a relatively large army, and large overseas possessions in the Congo - they were considered close enough to a great power to receive concessions in China after the Boxer Rebellion.
Belgium was the 6th (! ) strongest economical power at the start of WOI. Get your facts right here.
Although not independent, India was played a very important part in WWI. British Raj (or British India) was called "The Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire" for a very good reason. India was Britain's most populous colony. It helped fuel the empire economically. During the war it helped supply troops in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe with food and supplies. Thousands of Indians died in Africa and the Middle East fighting the Ottomans and Germans.
Just like that
India helped British during war
India had fought the british empire without weapons proud4 Comments
This flag is actually wrong. China wasn't yet communist in 1914 it was still a monarchy with an emperor.
The Chinese had suffered after years of European dominance and were still very unstable. The Chinese did however have a considerable labour force.
China is awesome!
China has a highppp at that time. Top 5 then.1 Comment
Serbia was fast growing after the first balkan war, even more so than Bulgaria. They were able to hold off one of Europe's greatest powers for years, despite their size.
Fought very hard against Germany and Austria-Hungary for 2 years
The Serbian empire was one of the most powerful empires in the world but during WW1 they lost huge amounts of soldiers
The most poweruful kingdom ever - strenger922 Comments
Greece was one of the main causes of Ottoman defeat in the First Balkan War, and unlike Serbia, they were on the offensive in the Second Balkan War and was more successful than the Serbian Army. It was also the only Balkan military with a formidable navy (Greece had a navy comparable to that of the Ottomans), and was also technologically the most advanced Balkan military in WW1. It's only downside is its small size.
Greece Fought Ottomans And Axis Since Someone Took over there government and became king.
Greece had the best trained army in the Balkans although it had only 1 million soldiers
Greece during ww1 was a force alongside Britain and ended up gaining Turkish land3 Comments
In Flanders Fields
If you think the Japanese were powerful, we were the first to send the back.
Monash - combined arms, fire and maneuver. One of the most important figures in modern combat history. Late war the Australians and Americans under his command showed how set defences could be defeated without hideous casualties figures
Umm dude that's not for another 20 years in ww21 Comment
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Beautiful country.. blessed by mother nature. Brave people
I think Nepal should be in top 5. At that time Nepalese people or Gurkha were so powerful that British people were afraid to go in war with Nepali. One time those English people did attacked Nepal but could not take away with them.
We were never defeated/invaded by the brittish so that automatically makes us a superpower
Neutrality and not a large landmass in Europe made The Netherlands look less powerful than they actually were world wide.
T the time the Dutch Empire (other countries are also including colonies in the list) was way bigger than The Ottoman empire, Italy, Japan and Canada. It had approx 51M inhabitants.and a huge economic power. But as they remaind neutral, they are perhaps overlooked in this list.
Controlled the east india and had armed neutrality
The korean empire had the power of kpop and bts on its side
Brazil had some amazing ships and was able to produce lots of building materials and sugar, coffee, etc, they also had a good military.
Albanians stopped the faschist Italy's first attack in the port of Vlora in 1933 by sea without any army or weapons, just with shovels and other farmer's equipments. Albanians also helped balkan after the second balkan war which was in poverty with food and supplies but Albania weakened during communism even though they had a strong army and then the civil waar in 1997. You can see a video by typing "Shqiperia 1997, Viti I mbrapshte".
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They are just beast
Although its economy was a total disaster by 1914 and its foreign trade destroyed at least ten years earlier its army was reasonably strong and its colonies were hubs for important resources. It had a strong relation with Britain and a rapidly improving industry and navy
Although there was a problem after Brazil's independence it was WAY TOO dependent. On the colonies
Under British rule but did a really good job at both fronts
Poland best operators and soldiers + just best
It was a country then!
They give jew gas
I read this and nobody had said Germany so...
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