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Why did War Break out in 1914.

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Why did War Break out in 1914 My essay will try to convey the most important cause for the war the most important causes at the top and going down to the least important. I believe that the alliance was the most important cause. The Alliance system Ever since the defeat of France by Germany in the Franco - Prussian war 1870-71 The states of Europe had arranged themselves into alliances these alliances were deigned to keep the peace by making each state appear to have powerful allies that an enemy would think twice before attacking. The triple alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy began in 1979 with the dual alliance of Germany and Austria- Hungary- this was a defensive alliance, i.e. each would help the other if Russia attacked. In 1882 Italy joined, making it a triple alliance, which was renewed every five years. Italy was to help germane if attacked by France and vice versa, but Italy could excuse itself from any fighting which might involve opposition to Britain. The triple entente of France, Russia and Britain began with the Franco-Russian Alliance 1893/4 this to like the duel alliance was a defensive alliance in that each country would help each other if attacked by either two countries of the duel alliance. ...read more.

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The archduke was driven to town hall, where he demanded to be taken to visit the bomb victims in hospital. Fearing more bombs the officials decided to take a new route away from the crowds, but this was not properly explained to the driver and there were no police went with the procession. On hearing the bomb the assassins thought the archduke was dead and left. Except One assassin called Princip who discovered the truth. Unhappy to hear the news he wondered of across the street to a caf�. At 10,45 Princip was standing outside the caf� when the archdukes car suddenly arrived beside him. This was a mistake because according to the new plan the procession should have gone up Appel Quay. When the driver realised he hade made a wrong turn he stopped and started to reverse Princip pulled out an automatic pistol from his coat. He fired two shots one pieced the archduke's neck and the other hit his wife both the archduke and his wife died. Austria blamed Serbia and threatened to invade but Serbia was allied with Russia in case of war. Germany was allied with Austria and declared war on Russia. ...read more.

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Resentment over the Boar War Wilhelm the second had offended Britain by seeming to sympathise with the Boars both before and during the Boar war 1899-1902, e.g. selling weapons to the Boars and sending a Message of congratulation when the Jameson raid 1895 failed. This insulted britain because he was a grandson of Queen Victoria and nephew of Edward the seventh. Trade rivalry Till about 1870 Britain had dominated world trade but both Germany and the USA started to catch up and in some places overtake Britain. Germany had an advantage over Britain by industrialising later so they could learn from British experience and use more up to date equipment, like chemicals, steel making and heavy engineering Germany was displacing Britain because there products were less expensive because they were produced on more efficient machines. Naturally this did not endear German merchants to their British counterparts. Resentment over Alsace and Lorraine. Frances humiliating defeat by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War 1870 to 71 increased Frances hostility to Germany because of loss of the boarder provinces of Alsaca and Lorraine. Most French people felt that they needed revenge for this. In my conclusion I still think that the alliance was the main cause for world war one. 99JC/Why did War Break out in 1911 remix bo selecta 1 of 3 30/04/07 ...read more.

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