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Possible Underlying causes of the First World War

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Possible Underlying causes of the First World War 1. Germany had undergone a quick, successful revolution and had become an economically very strong power. From 1900, Germany became more and more ambitious. It's desire to "find a place under the sun" has become so great that it would be unfriendly and hostile when in confrontation with other countries, hence it may be one of the causes of the WW1. 2. Imperialism: Countries have long fought for imperialist interests, including trade, land, and political influence. Though before the WW1, no countries have actually fought against each other because of imperialist interests, the relations are often strained. As the Triple Alliance and Triple Entente formed, the countries on the same side resolved over their interests, but Germany showed a hungry, assertive desire over the settling over such matters. 3. Militarism: (how the people give great importance to military matters.) ...read more.

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7. Another cause of the World War One is the tangle of Alliances. The alliance system is so, that when two countries are in conflict, other countries may be drawn into the fight, and a local fight may turn into a catastrophic event, like a World War. Course of the WW1. First there was the assassination of the heir of the Austrian emperor, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, by a Serbian student called Princip, ordered by the Black Hand, a secret Serbian organization in Bosnia. As Austria-Hungary is in fact a German state (only when Germany was united-well, the 39 states were united, Austria-Hungary was too big for Germany to rule, so it is still a German state.), Germany gave it a "blank cheque", or unlimited support as to whatever it decides to do. In response to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Austria-Hungary was "angry" and held Serbia responsible. ...read more.

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As France heavily garrisoned its border-defence, Germany decided to first invade Belgium, THEN invade France. However, Belgium took up a brave fight and delayed the Germans. Moreover, as Belgium is so near to Britain, Britain feels threatened by the Germans and entered the war on the side of the Allies. Italy was supposed to enter the war on the side of Germany and Austria-Hungary because of the Triple Alliance, but as it had signed a secret treaty with France, and the Allies had persuaded it to join them, it declared that Germany had been offensive and hence joined the war with the Allies. Afterwards, USA joined the war in 1917, after Germany had declared its "unrestricted submarine warfare", for its interests had been threatened. (One, the new policy of the Germans' had threatened her commercial shipping. Two, USA had lent much money to Britain and France. If they had lost, they would not be able to return it) The following year, Germany surrendered. ...read more.

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