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Summary of the Situation of Europe in the 1900s

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Summary of the Situation of Europe in the 1900s The growth of Germany has created much tension and many problems Europe. Germany was on its way to becoming one main powers and it was in direct competition with all the other powerful nations. Whoever was the most powerful and stable country would be the winner of this race. The political system of Germany was an autocracy. The 'Kaiser' or the supreme warlord would be at the top of ranks and had absolute power, then the chancellor and then the ministers. These officials often had little power compared to the Kaiser and could only take care of small issues. Kaiser Wilhelm desperately wanted to expand his empire and gain status in the world. The Kaiser was insane and obsessed with getting his goals completed. This made Germany very unstable due to this insane Kaiser. Germany wanted a friendly relationship with Russia, so they could isolate France. They were in desperate need of allies. ...read more.

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They were very xenophobic which meant that they had a strong nationalistic pride and hated foreigners in their country. They were in a Germany, Austria/Hungary Alliance. Politically, Great Britain was the strongest by far. It had modern democracy which made them very stable. Economically, Germany was taking an advantage and eventually taken over all the other powers and became the leading industry in Europe. There was growth of heavy and chemical industry and new industries. Some problems were that there was tension for raw materials and resources and there was also social unrest there. France was also a strong industrial nation but was soon taken over by Germany. However there was still poverty and agriculture there. Great Britain was also very industrial but again, was taken over my Germany. Britain had stretched resources because of her colonies but had excellent sea trade. Some issues they had was a clash between the liberal government and the House of Lords, usually they had problems over budget. ...read more.

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They had a small dispersed army but a strong navy. They were afraid if Germany will defeat them in the naval race and did not want their sea trade to be destroyed. Russia had the largest army but it was ill-equipped. They often had men with no weapons and no training. Russia wanted to develop its economy more and it feared a war with Germany or Great Britain. Turkey also had a large army but ill-equipped. There were poor supplies and transport. Turkey wanted to modernize and create a more liberal government. Germany was in competition with Great Britain. Although they had overtaken them in their army and economy, Britain still had the upper hand in her navy. Germany is seen to be the most powerful nation of all. It has surpassed all the other competing countries in their economy, military and technology. It was also creating huge tension in Europe. Britain's biggest advantage was that she had a very stable and strong government. This situation soon led to the first world war. William Strutt 12RD ...read more.

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