Imperialism: Cause For World War I

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Register to read the introduction… Imperialism, as defined by Dictionary.com, 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.” A major cause of World War 1 was its economic rivalries. Germany's fast economic progression threatened The British. By 1900, Britain’s old factories were out produced by Germany's new, modern factories. This gave Britain a strong economic reason for opposing Germany in any discrepancy. The allocation of European nations was caused by imperialism. The competition for colonies brought France and Germany to the brink of war in the year of 1905 and repeated itself again in 1911. This was also another trigger for the outbreak of World War 1. The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was the incentive that started World War 1. The publication of Ferdinand visiting Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia, it’s neighboring country, was the reason that led to his assassination. The Serbians were irritated; coincidentally, in June 28th, the Serbians had been conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the year of 1389. …show more content…
The impact of the economy was one effect. In order to stipend the expenditures of the war, the government raised taxes and borrowed large sums of money. Food and other products were being regulated. Threatening strikes and setting prices was another form of controlling the economy. Propaganda was another effect caused by World War 1. Both the Central powers and Allies had played a part in this. In Germany, people learned to sing a hatred song against the British. The Allies jested Germany’s annexation of Belgium as a barbaric act. The tales of atrocities, which were horrific acts against innocuous people, was what The British and French press circulated on. The lack of World War 1 not having any virtuous effects gives reasoning as to war not being a good

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