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WAS WORLD WAR 1 THE OUTCOME OF IMPERIALISM? From the year 1870 till 1914, countries across Europe and Americas were having a common disease called 'Imperialism'. Every single superpower was keen on expanding their empire and annexed maximum colonies as possible. This led to an immense tension between the countries and also caused insecurity within them. We are about to discuss whether or not, 'Was World War 1 the outcome of Imperialism?' Since the beginning of 1870 itself, British and the French have been wealthy nations. America had attained independence from the British. As the British were expanding their empire, tensions seemed to rise amongst the neighbors as well as other powerful countries. Annexation of countries became a competition, for more colonies, as it depicted more power. When France started taking up colonies in Africa, the British became insecure and started competing by taking over parts of Asian countries. As America was slowly emerging to be a superpower, by being victorious over Spanish, Japan was a powerful nation in Asia with a strong empire and colonies. Germany and USA began their imperialism almost during the same time. ...read more.


Britain had formed ally with France and Russia, which was better known as 'Entente'. Germany didn't lose the opportunity to break the Entente and had set its target on Morocco that led to two crises, Tangier and Agadir. Germany called upon USA in favor of Moroccan independence, which was solved smoothly as placing international police control at major ports of Morocco. The Agadir crisis in 1911 was a period where the relationship between Britain and Germany was terribly sour. The Agadir Crisis was a test of how close were France and Britain. Germany wanted to break their alliance, but instead, the result was France was drawn closer to Britain by this attempt. Germany's only support was from Austria - Hungary. Germany was forced to compromise. As a result of the Agadir crisis, France gained the support of British Royal Navy, where they promised to protect France from possible attack from Germany. The race had begun between the British and Germany. Not only the building of ships, but also the expansion of arms and military forces in these two countries caused waves in the rest of Europe. ...read more.


As the Germans had strong relationships with Ottoman Empire, they wanted to invade countries across the Middle East. The Baghdad Railway was successfully built by 1911, yet it was contributed by Germany as well as the British. Here, the rivalry emerged slowly between Britain and Germany. The British had no intention of leaving the Baghdad Railway, since Britain was keen on dominating the Middle East and Germany was not willing to give. Alas, tension rose between the two countries. From 1870 to 1914, several naval bases were set up and armies were trained to be stronger. Although it was mentioned clearly in the treaties that submarines were prohibited to be set up, Germany had set up military submarines secretly. But, the British knew beforehand and were well prepared by setting up their own naval bases and submarines. These actions clearly reveal that the countries lacked unity and that the war was inevitable under these circumstances. As Germany declared war on Russia, U.K soon declared war on Germany in the year 1914; since Germany had invaded Belgium and Luxembourg. The mistrust and jealousy between the countries led to hatred and tension that eventually war broke out to stop the expansion. The war was to show who should eventually be powerful and be the leader. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aditya Srinivasan 10c History Mr. Smith 1 ...read more.

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