Factors of Ww1

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Describe the factors that lead to the First World War. There were many contributing factors that lead to the ignition of World War One or as it was also known, The Great War, which occurred in 1914. One of the main causes was the Alliance System. The Alliance System was a number of treaties that countries such as Russia, Britain, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary and Italy had signed for protection. These treaties were the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente. The Triple Alliance was a treaty signed in 1882 by Germany, Austria–Hungary, and Italy. The Triple Entente was a treaty signed France, Russia and Britain in 1907. Other factors included the arms race, imperialism and nationalism but all involved the Alliance System. The final catalyst was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. The Alliance System played a significant role towards the outbreak of World War 1 as it separated Europe according to their obligations towards other countries. After the Napoleonic Wars, the Great Powers met in Vienna to try and restore a ‘balance of power’ to Europe but in the 1870s this changed and individual nations moved increasingly to secure their own alliances, and establish their own ‘balance’ of power. In 1873 the Three Emperors League was formed on the condition that the three nations agreed to consult each other on major problems and to remain neutral in the event that one of the other members was attacked by any other nation. However this broke down during the Balkan Wars. A major alliance was the Triple Alliance, which was a military alliance that lasted from 1882 to 1914. It was another attempt by Germany to isolate France further. Since Italy was concerned about France’s power in North Africa, it sought out to ally with Germany and Austria-Hungary. Each member promised mutual support in the event of an attack by any two other great powers, or for Germany and Italy, an
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