World War 1 Dbq Essay

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World War I was caused by the flawed alliance system between the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria, and Italy) and the Triple Entente (Britain, France, and Russia). The people’s nationalistic feelings fueled the war because they did not want their country’s image ruined. In Europe, the nations had an uneven division of colonies which caused a desire to weaken other countries through a world war. Many people believed in militarism so they supported and prepared for a war. For example, a French citizen said that he heard people voice their opinion that “war [is better] than this perpetual waiting” (Doc 2). This proved that citizens viewed war as something for their amusement and did not realize the seriousness of it. Emile Zola even believed

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