Compare at least three factors which led to the outbreak of World War I.
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Compare at least three factors which led to the outbreak of World War I The 1871 Prussian victory over France saw the unification of Germany and this created a new power in the centre of Europe. There were bitter feelings of resentment between France and Germany after this because as well as defeating France, Germany claimed the province of Alsace and Lorraine for themselves too. The German economy was growing faster than any other in the world. By 1914 Germany's steel output was larger than that of Britain, France and Russia put together. The school curriculum in Germany encouraged subjects such as science and technology, which led to the development of new high tech industries. This new industrial strength was used to increase their military strength; the army was well trained and well equipped.
It was believed that Von Bismarck had hoped that this agreement would restrain the aims of Austria-Hungary in the Balkans. The German diplomatic system was then strengthened in 1882 when the Triple Alliance was formed. This concerned Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. When France realised that Russia was no longer allied with Germany they saw this as an ideal opportunity to start an alliance with them, in order to give themselves some security if Germany was to ever attack. By 1904 the Triple Entente was signed, which allied Britain, France and Russia. Britain joined this alliance because by this time they had realised that they were the only major power in Europe that was not allied with anyone, and therefore was left very vulnerable for an invasion.
The Tsar reinstated that he would not back down and so Germany declared war on Russia. Due to the alliance systems this minor disagreement in Serbia led to many countries to become involved and it had a domino effect on all the other countries in the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance. Therefore these three factors were all very important to the causes of the Great War. Germany didn't want to upset the balance of power in Europe so they set up some alliances; this in turn led to an alliance being set up against the Triple Alliance. Then when there was a problem in the Balkans, which concerned two of the countries in opposite alliances, it set of a domino effect which led to all the other countries becoming involved, and a minor problem turned into a major one. One which would cause a terrible loss of lives throughout Europe. Calum Hanrahan
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