The Main Causes Of World War I

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World War 1 officially began on July 28, 1914, and lasted until November 11, 1918. It all began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. Although the assassination did help the start of the war many other things helped too. Some other things that led up to World War 1 are militarism, alliances, and imperialism. Also even though World War 1 happened over 100 years ago, things that happened then can be connected to things that are happening today. One main cause of the war is Militarism. Militarism is “the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests” (Dictionary). Before the war…show more content…
Alliances are “a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes” (Dictionary). The first ever know alliance is dated back all the way to 502 BC. Alliances are also known to be one of the major reason World War 1 was started. This is said because Germany and France had accounter many problems with each other prior to the war (Llewellyn). This was because Germany felt as if France always interfered with everything they did and always stopped them from reaching their goal. In order to make France stop doing this, the Germans created the Triple Alliance in 1882 with Italy and Austria-Hungary. Germany’s main goal was to make France feel defenseless and threatened by the alliance but it also caused a lot of other nations feel threatened too. This then caused the formation of the Triple Entente which was an alliance between France, Britain, and Russia. This is significant to the start of World War 1 because the alliance that were created cause tensions to rise in Europe but it also caused the chances of a World war to highly increase. For example, before the alliances were created Germany had problems with France and Britain, and Austria- Hungary had issues with Russia. Even though their problems were pushed to the side if any of this problem occurred again or if any new one were created it would cause everyone to get involved because they had to support their allies…show more content…
Imperialism began in the nineteenth century and is “the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies” (Dictionary). Before the war, many problem countries had problems with each other because of Imperialism. One of these problems occurred with Germany, France, and Britain, and it was called the Second Moroccan Crisis. What had happened was, France sent troops to Mococo because they claimed that they wanted to help the Sultans government with a dispute that was going on there, but this cause Germany to get very upset because they feel that France was a threat to Morocco’s independence but the main reason they got involved was because Germany wanted to take over and own Morocco too (Second Moroccan Crisis). So to stop the French, Germany sent a naval boat to Morocco’s borders but this caused Britain to get involved and backup France by sending their naval boat too. In the end, no war occurred and the two countries decided to have a negotiation about what will happen with Morocco. In the end of the negotiation French took over all of Morocco and Germany did get any. The reason why Germany didn’t fight back was because they felt threatened by the strong army France and Britain had. By the end of all this caused Germany to become very mad because it humiliated them for the
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