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The Causes of World War 1

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The Causes of World War 1

Introduction

World War 1 started in 1914 and ended in 1918. In this essay I am going to explain the short and long term causes and how they led to the start of World War 1. The war was mainly between The Triple Entente, which was Britain, France and Russia, and The Triple Alliance, which was Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. All of the causes fall under 5 main categories: Nationalism, Alliances, Militarism, Imperialism and Ideology.

Alliances

In 1839, Britain signed an agreement with Belgium promising to help them out if they were ever to be attacked by Germany. This falls under alliances because Britain was promising to stick by Belgium if Germany invaded- so this is a friendship group amongst two different countries.

I think this was one of the most important causes of World War 1. It led to the start of the war because in 1905, Germany created the Schlieffen Plan, which contained their strategy for fighting Russia and France because in the event of a war, Germany would be surrounded by these enemy countries. So Germany wanted to invade France so they could

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