The Causes of World War One Essay

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World War 1 Summative

There were four main causes of World War One which include alliances, imperialism, militarism and nationalism, but in my opinion, though all causes contributed greatly to World War 1, the causes that had the most effect on starting the war were nationalism and imperialism.
I believe Imperialism played a huge part in causing World War 1 because the great powers of Europe all wanted to make money selling their natural resources, but when they ran out there was a huge conflict for resource rich land and expanding their respective countries. This created a great deal of tension between the great powers of Europe which threatened European war years before World War 1 started. The wealthiest European country at the time
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Having a much stronger military, this may have led to the assumption that the war would only last a few months when it would in fact last four years. But when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia Russia helped Serbia. Germany and Italy then decided to help out Austria-Hungary and declared war on Russia, which caused France to join Serbia and Russia in war. When Germany decided to attack France by travelling through Belgium, as per the Schlieffen plan, Belgium denied entry to Germany, making Germany also declare war on Belgium. Great Britain was then forced to come to Belgium’s aid because of an alliance treaty. This created a much bigger war than was originally expected with the Triple Entente (France, Britain and Russia) on one side and the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy) on the other.
Militarism also had a huge impact on World War 1; though its influence may not have been as big as Nationalism or Imperialism it still had influenced the war greatly. Militarism is the belief that a country should have a strong military and between the Franco-Prussian war and World War 1 there were a great number of inventions and advances, especially in naval warfare. This led to tension building up between the great powers of Europe, much like the Cold War except on a smaller scale. Between 1906 and 1914 there…

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