The Causes of the First World War Essay

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What were the causes of the First World War? The official start of The First World War was on June 28th 1914when the archduke and heir to the Austria- Hungary throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia, were assassinated. The war ended on November 11th 1918. There was no one cause or no one blame for the First World War. The long term cause of the war was MAIN. Militarism: Germany was aware that compete at Colonial with Great Britain, they needed a fleet comparable to it. Consequently he began to develop a shipbuilding program focused mainly on type battleships HMS Dreadnought and Super Dreadnought, and battle cruiser (the good kind of Derfligger). This said the UK with an equally ambitious plan to focus on shipbuilding by battle cruisers of Admiral Fisher. Alliances: An agreement made between two or more countries to give each other help if it is needed. When an alliance is signed, those countries become known as Allies. A number of alliances had been signed by countries between the years 1879 and 1914. These were important because they meant that some countries had no option but to declare war if one of their allies declared war first. Imperialism: The Scramble for Africa (1880-1900) was a period of rapid colonization of the African continent by European powers. But it wouldn't have happened except for the particular economic, social, and military evolution Europe was going through. In the end Britain and France had the most colonies and Germany lost out so it was also a major contributor to tension in Europe. Nationalism: Triple Entente, an informal alliance among Great Britain, France, and Russia in the period before World War I. It opposed the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. The Triple Entente was based on three bilateral agreements. The triple alliance, the understanding between Britain, France, and Russia that
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