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Causes of the First World War

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History Essay: Which of the two factors was most important in causing World War 1, the Moroccan crisis or the assassination of Franz Ferdinand? World War one is generally believed to have been started by two major factors, the Moroccan crisis and the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Both factors added with previous tension in Europe where the added pressure needed to spark of war between Germany and France and so bringing Russia, Austria Hungary, Italy, Britain and Belgium in to the war to. The Moroccan crisis was really two crises that were used by Germany to gauge the how strong the alliance between Britain and France was and if Britain would go to war in aid of France. ...read more.

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The Kiser accused the French of invading and sent a war ship to Agadir. The British navy was sent to Agadir and once again war might have broken out if Germany hadn't withdrawn her ships. This conflict had scared both Britain and Germany and both increased the building of Dreadnoughts in case of future conflict. This although allowing Germany an incite in to French - British connections strengthened French - British alliance and caused an agreement that if France was attacked by sea Britain would come to its aid. Although the Moroccan crisis was not a direct cause of the war and so not a trigger, it did increase tension In Europe and so was a short term cause. ...read more.

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This they could not accept because it would mean that Serbian courts would be influenced by a foreign country and Serbians independence would be threatened. This eventually caused Austria Hungary to declare war on Serbia as it took its opportunity. This then caused Russia to enter its alliance with Serbia and declare war with Austria Hungary who was joined by Germany. This was the eventual trigger that lead to war in 1914 as Germany set the Schlieffen plan in to effect. Although the Moroccan crisis did add tension between the counties of Europe it wasn't a direct cause or even a trigger of the war whereas the assassination of Franz Ferdinand gave the opportunity that Germany and Austria Hungary needed to start war and in my opinion is the main cause of the war because of this. Alexander Achilleos A1 History essay 04/02/09 ...read more.

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