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The Causes of the First World War

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´╗┐The Causes of the First World War Millitarism Millitarism was important in causing the war to break out because there was an arms race going on in Europe at the time that the war was going on. It was not just an arms race, but also a government?s attitude of mind. Countries were a lot keener to solve their problems by fighting, than by diplomatically. This meant that as one country increased its armies, the other countries would want to as well. All the countries in Europe built up their armies and navies. Germany had 2,200,000 soldiers and 97 warships. Austria-Hungary had 810,000 soldiers and 28 warships. Italy had 750,000 soldiers and 36 warships. ...read more.


In 1902 Britain made a naval treaty with Japan. The Triple Entente alarmed Germany, which felt itself surrounded by the France-Russia alliance. Nationalism Nationalism helped cause war because it made the races ruled by Turkey, such as the Romanians and the Bulgarians, and by Austria-Hungary, such as the Serbs, want to be free to rule themselves. In the Balkans this was called ?Panslavism? because the people who wanted to be free were all Slav races. The most nationalistic of all were the Serbs. Serbia had became an independent country by the Treaty of San Stefano in 1878, but in 1900 many Serbs were still ruled by Turkey and Austria-Hungary but Serbia was determined to rule over them all. ...read more.


Very few of the countries of Europe were democracies - it is hard for a democracy to go to war because the people need to agree to go to war. In these days, there was no idea of going to war for the 'right' reasons, many people in those days thought it was alright to go to war simply to win more power and territory for the ruler. Conclusion In conclusion, I think that the Alliances were a main cause of the First World War, because it created a lot of tension between the counties. It also meant that when one country declared war on another, it would not just involve two countries, because all the other countries involved in the Alliances would have to help. This made its more likely that a big war would break out. ...read more.

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