Essay on The Causes of World War One

1998 Words Jun 7th, 2009 8 Pages
World War One or ‘The Great War’ and its causes are still a hotly debated subject till today. There are many important causes and reasons for the war, some more important than others. Not only did the war cause a lot of disruption, chaos and death, it also set the scene for other wars to take place, which is one main reason why it was so significant in History. Many of the causes link and relate to each other and have different relative importance, when compared, to contributing to the outbreak of a war.
One of the first and long-term and extremely important cause to the outbreak of World War One starts back in 1870 with the Franco-Prussian War. During the long and pressuring Franco-Prussian war, France lost to Germany which led to
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The evidence here clearly shows how tactics and faint, but threatening, negotiations were clearly endangering the peace as many countries became more hateful towards each other - because of the need for global and economic imperialism. The Moroccan Crisis was not the most provocative cause of the war, but it is still relatively important as it led to the great increase and tensions between countries in Europe, and all over the world.
On the other hand, a short – term origin to World War One was the Balkan wars. The Balkan wars were two consecutive wars among the various countries of the Balkan Peninsula. The first Balkan war in 1908 saw Austria take over the provinces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Russia and Serbia were not too happy about that development, so they backed down when they found that Germany was on Austria's side. The clear problem was that it gave a lot more confidence to Austria. Later in 1912, there were small local wars in which Serbia was seen as the most powerful country in the Balkan's, Austria could not handle this and they decided that Serbia needed to be dealt with. All that was needed was a good excuse. The Third Balkan War started with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife while they were in Sarajevo. The assassination was yet another blow

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