How Did Imperialism Cause World War 1

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Was Imperialism a Major Cause of World War One?

By Jonathan Redpath iGCSE History (0470)
Week 1: The Big Picture
Imperialism played a big role in the centuries preceding the 20th century. Many of the European powers had large empires, which in turn ensured that they held tremendous military, political, and economic influence. For example, Britain, at its peak in around 1914 held Canada, Australia, much of Africa, India, and various territories in Asia and the Caribbean; Britain also was one of the major naval powers, which became important in the very early 20th century, when Germany began to challenge Britain’s power with the Navy Laws of 1898, 1900, 1906, 1908, and 1912 (Bonker, 2017).
Other countries also had empires. Among the most influential
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