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Causation of World War One

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In 1900, almost every one would have agreed that to be a great country, you had to have a great Empire. Two such examples of this were France and Britain. Since 1800, they had been increasing their empires steadily. I will be looking at how the desire to expand Empires led up to one of the most bloody wars in history. The two other main causes that I think led up to the start of the First World War are: Serbian Nationalism and Germany's military build-up. Serbia was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. But it wanted to rule itself. Much like the modern Northern Ireland, it had it's own Nationalist and Loyalist groups and there was a lot of friction caused by the conflicting sides. ...read more.


In 1907, Europe was divided into two alliances, each jockeying for power over Europe and it's respective colonies. These alliances were: The Triple Entente, consisting of, Britain, France and Russia. The Triple Alliance, consisting of, Germany, Austro-Hungary and Italy. These two alliances wanted to be the super-powers of Europe and extend their influences over existing and future colonies. Germany was paranoid about the Triple Entente surrounding it on all sides, so it drew up a battle plan to attack France first in the event of war as it thought that Russia could not mobilize it's troops fast enough. Meanwhile, the Serbian Nationalists were still fighting for independence from Austro-Hungary and, whilst on a visit to the country, the heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian Nationalist fanatic. ...read more.


There would just have had to have been another excuse for declaring war. I think that although what Germany did in building up their military power was right for themselves and their empire, it made war more likely to happen as other countries began to feel threatened by such a vast advance of power. I think that maybe Germany felt that they didn't have enough military resources to protect their empire from attack by other countries. A better way to have handled this would have been to settle any fears they had politically rather than through war. ?? ?? ?? ?? Analyse the different causes of the First World War saying which you think are the most important giving reasons for your answers. ...read more.

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