Naval Rivalry as the Main Cause for World War One Essay

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Naval Rivalry as the Main Cause for World War One

It has been argued that Naval rivalry was the main cause of World War One, this is because in 1898 Kaiser Wilhelm II wanted to have the most powerful and strongest navy in the world as he was extremely militaristic which worried Britain and consequently caused tension between the two countries. I believe that to a certain extent that Naval Rivalry did contribute to the war but in my opinion there were other factors that triggered off the war. My essay will include all of these different factors, which are: The Moroccan Crisis’, the Balkans crisis, The Alliance Systems and the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand. I will also conclude which I feel is
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By 1914, Britain had built 29 Dreadnoughts whereas Germany had only built 17.

This naval race consequented in the First World War, as the growing tension between Germany and Britain was very high, there was an increase in Anglo-German mistrust and Europe was divided into two armed camps.

In 1905-06 and 1911 there were two crises in Morocco caused by Germany’s attempt to block Frances control of the country and to restrict French power.

While visiting Tangier in 1905 Kaiser Wilhelm II issued a statement of support for Moroccan independence as the French had plans to control the country, which caused international panic. The crisis was resolved at the Algeciras conference in 1906 where Europeanan countries all voted against Germany and recognised Frances special political interests in Morocco, which resulted in Germany Humiliated. He had wanted to be seen as a major power in Africa, instead his views were rejected, which made him bitter.

The second crisis occurred in 1911 when the French tried to take over again, but Germany responded by sending in a gunboat to Agadir to protect German economic interests during a local uprising. The French objected and made preparations for war as did Britain because they feared that the Kaiser wanted to make Agadir as its naval base which would cut off Britain’s access to India so naturally Britain backed

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