Essay on Events Leading Ti World War 1

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Final Essay- Events before World War I

World War 1, one of the biggest wars in history, did not begin because of one problem; it was a mixture of many different factors that eventually caused the final outcome. This war was so great because it basically included all of Europe. As we look back to the events that led up to the war, we see that one country looks like they are the cause of most of the problems; this country was Germany. Because of their great obsession with gaining power, they will make many enemies and finally fall into their own demise. In the years before the war, around 1848-1914, the period of Nationalism began, where each country was unifying their states. These states wanted national identity, meaning
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Germany was growing in power, but all this would all come to an end with the rise of Kaiser Wilheim II. In 1890, Wilheim II became the new emperor of Germany. He was very overconfident and believed he was the smartest man. Wilheim II did not like Bismark so he got rid of him, and was fired, even though Bismark was extremely popular, united Germany, and kept the peace. From this point on Germany went downhill. By 1894, Wilheim II wasn't keeping up with the Reassurance Alliance with Russia because of his dislike of slavs, and Russia thought Germany was now getting annoying. Because of that Russia did not want to have the Neutral alliance anymore, so they joined forces with Germany's enemy, France, who took this as a big advantage. Now, Russia and France had an alliance in 1894, called the Franco-Russian Entente, while the Triple Alliance, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy, was still trying to grow in power. Britain then began to notice how out of hand Germany was getting, especially because of the creation of a new Navy. Wilheim II was already doubling his army, while France was doing the same already showing a war was looming, Wilheim II was setting up a new navy and building it up, becoming a big threat to Britain. Because of this, in 1904, Britain forgave France for the canal situation and joined forces to create a military alliance, another entente in 1904. Russia soon

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