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The Causes of World War One

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The Causes of World War One David Reynolds, 3H The most important reason World War One broke out is the Alliance System. The Alliance system caused other countries such as Germany (The Central Powers) to be intimidated. These Alliances caused other things to happen like the arms races and colonial rivalry. These were minor causes. The Alliances, The Triple Entente: France, Russia and Britain and the Central Powers: Germany, Italy and Austro-Hungary, were competing against each other for power. The Alliances were only meant to be an agreement to protect a country, in that agreement, from attack, not to gang up, provoke and attack other countries. ...read more.

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This leads to the fact that if the Alliances had not of been signed all the countries would not have been intimidated they wouldn't have drawn up war plans, the arms race wouldn't have happened. Even if the plans had been drawn up and carried out the countries that weren't interested and didn't want a part in the war wouldn't have had to join in. The reason the arms race wasn't as bigger cause as the Alliance system was, A: Because it wouldn't have happened if the Alliances weren't introduced and agreed to, and B: Because the race would have eventually come to an end when one countries supply of money would have so low that that country would have had to stop to rebuild it's economy. ...read more.

Conclusion

If Russia hadn't agreed to help Serbia the Schlieffen plan would have worked, but the plans wouldn't have been drawn up if the Alliance system hadn't of happened. Most of the causes lead back to the Alliance system making it the biggest trigger factor. This proves that the Alliance system was the main spark or trigger factor. All reasons point back to the Alliance system. If the Alliance system wasn't thought up none of the events would have happened. The arms race would have been not needed, as countries had no fear of big super powers. The colonial rivalry would not have happened, as the different countries wouldn't have to fight to be the biggest and best or compete to import foreign trade as well as exporting to foreign countries. ...read more.

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