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World War 1 - the main cause

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´╗┐History assessment Introduction Why did WWI start and what was the main cause? There were about 5 main powers at the time all with their own ambitions and empires these were Germany, France, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Italy and Britain. So the whole of Europe was set to a Great War for many reasons, nationalism in the Balkans, imperialism from Germany who wanted to rival Britain in her empire and navy, also militarism and the system of alliances (the triple entente and the triple alliance).I think the most important cause was the system of alliances because when something triggered one country brought another one in, so instead of 2 countries fighting you have all 6 having a great war. However the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in June 1914 was the main trigger of WWI. This links on to nationalism because that assassination was because of friction between different groups in the Balkans. ...read more.


And for a country to be imperialist it needs military force to do this and that is my third reason militarism. Militarism is a dangerous reason for a war because it is needed to colonize and become imperial but can cause lots of tension and that leads to war and that was what happened between Germany and Britain. Britain at the time had a great navy and it needed to have one to protect its large empire, but Germany didn?t want Britain to be more powerful than it?s self in terms of military force so it decided to rival Britain?s navy and an arms race began but it caused mistrust and tension between the two countries and set up a war stage and all it needed was a trigger and when the trigger was set off other countries were brought in because of the system of alliances and that is my last and most important reason of the start of world war one. ...read more.


That indicates that this was the most important argument and I will explain why in my conclusion. Conclusion The most important reason was the system of alliances because if it was not there then only 2 or 3 countries would have gone to war but we have to remember that if there was no militarism or imperialism in the empires there would have been no alliances made because there was no tension because of military force or colonization, and that if there was no colonization then there would have been no nationalism that would have caused the assassination of the archduke which triggered WWII. But the fact is that even if one reason existed then it would have drawn in the others so all reasons have played a great part in the cause of WWII but the main one was the system of alliances because it added the word great to war because it drew other empires in. but if none of those reasons exsited would have WWI Started? ...read more.

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