Ww1 M.A.I.N Causes Essay

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n the latter half of the 19th century an arms race began to Develop , this in itself was causing tensions
In Germany the Kaiser Wilhelm II had rid himself of Bismark and his conservative foreign policy of diplomacy and avoidance of conflict, with a rash and belligerent quest for glory.
The facts that the rulers of Great Britain , Germany and Russia were first cousins did nothing to reduce the levels of tension.
National security was a critical issue for all the major states, the developing tensions meant that no single nation felt secure by itself and every one of them needed allies on whom they could depend . In 1879 , Germany ,Austria-Hungary formed an alliance . They were joined by Italy because of it`s historic antipathy towards
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Guaranteeing that Belgium remained perpetually neutral , and by implication committed the signatory powers to guard that neutrality . IN 1914 Germany demanded free passage through Belgium ( Germany was one of the signatories of the 1839 Treaty .) Belgium refused this demand . The problem with the `Treaty` was it did not stipulate what the guaranteeing powers were to do in the event of a violation of the Treaty . Britain was unsure if she was commiting an illegal act if she `set foot on Belgium soil , but decided to honour her commitment to Belgium . Germany entered Belgium territory August 1 1914 , after failing to reply to Britain`s ultimatum Britain declared war on Germany August 4th 1914
I have not mentioned the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand as this was the spark that ignited the war , which was inevitable given the arms build up

The 'trigger' or 'spark' was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife by the Serbian Black Hand terrorists in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.

Nationalism, militarism, imperialism, and the system of alliances were four main factors that pressed the great powers towards this explosive war.Although Francis Ferdinand’s assassination had sparked the beginning of the war, this however was not the main cause. The four major roles that

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