Marching Towad War

List factors and events that led to World War I

A lot of factors and events led to World War I, the first one was the spread of Nationalism. Nationalism is a deep devotion to one's nation. This caused intense competition among nations, with each seeking to overpower the other. Another factor is imperialism, like when Europe competed for colonies in Africa and Asia. As their competition over these lands increased, the tensions and mistrust between the European nations increased too. Another force that gave start to the idea of the war was militarism. Militarism was a proud characteristic that a nation could gain with effective military skills that made a country prepared for war.

Other events that led to World War I was the rivalry and desire of revenge among the European nations. For example, Germany believed that France wanted revenge from them from the Franco-Prussian War so the first thing they did was to isolate France. Later on, the Triple Alliance was formed and it was between Germany, Austria and Italy. And in the other hand we have Britain, France and Russia together.

Saluna Chow 10 a

There were many factors that gave a start to the World War I, one of this factors was imperialism, which is when a country increases their power and wealth by bringing additional territories under their control. Before World War 1, Africa and parts of Asia were major points among the European countries. This was mostly due, because of the raw materials these areas could provide. The increasing competition and desire for greater empires led to an increase in confrontation that helped push the world into World War I.

Another important factor that led to World War I was, Militarism because as the world entered the 20th century, a military race had begun. By 1914, Germany had the greatest increase in military buildup. Great Britain and Germany both greatly increased their navies in this time period. Further, in Germany and Russia particularly, the military establishment began to have a greater influence on public policy. This increase in militarism helped push the countries involved to war. Nationalism was another cause of the World war I, because this made people fight for their nations well being and defending their own interests. for me this were the major causes of World War I.

Luis Rafael Acta 10A

World War I began for several reasons, the main reason was the spread of nationalism, the belief that people should serve to their nation and no one else. But, nationalism sometimes causes disagreements and struggles with other nations. Each nation wants to overcome the other one and outstand the most. Another force that helped set the stage was imperialism because nations strongly competed over African and Asian colonies. Competition, tension, and mistrust began to increase over time. Another reason that pushed World War I was militarism. Militarism helped countries and armies prepare to go to war.

Germany believed that France wanted revenge from them from the Franco-Prussian War. As a result, rivalry and revenge were other impulses for World War I. Later on, the Triple Alliance was formed. Opposing countries were Germany, Austria and Italy and Britain, France and Russia.

Gabriela Elias :D

By the beginnings of the 20th century European nations were at peace. However a series of factors were combining just to take the whole of Europe to war. One of these factors was the rise of nationalism. Nationalism created competition among European nations. Each nation sought to be greater than the other by controlling the most territories, resources and markets. Another factor that would lead to conflict was Imperialism. In their struggle for creating overseas empires European nations frequently disputed over the ownership of colonies, this created rivalry among the nations. The rise of militarism would also make peace tumble. European nations began giving lots of importance to the creation of strong armies. These armies were ready for war so at the sight of a little conflict the armies would be mobilized.

This last factor that took Europe to the road of war was the Alliance System. Bismarck had allied Germany with Austria-Hungary, Italy and Russia. In 1890 Germany’s alliance with Russia ended. As a result Russia allied with France (Germany’s enemy due to the Franco-Prussian war). After this Germany (under the command of the Kaiser Wilhelm II) began building a navy that would compete with Britain’s navy. Britain responded by making an alliance with France. These alliances divided Europe into two sides: the Triple Entete (France, Russia, and Britain) and the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria Hungary and Italy). Now the only thing that was needed was a spark to set off the fighting. This spark would be the murdering of heir to the Austro- Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, by a Serbian. The Serbians had opposed to Austro- Hungarian rule in the Balkans. When Austria- Hungary took control of Bosnia and Herzegovina tensions grew. Russia supported the Serbians because they were Slavs as them. As a result when Austria declared war on Serbia due to the murdering of Ferdinand Russia responded on Serbia’s side. The alliance system would make the other European nations enter into the conflict.
Claudia Franjul

Europe was never known for having disputes, in fact, europe was never a country of a lot of fighting. But sooner this was starting to change. Tension started to grow between many European countries, basically between, germane, Austria-Hungary, great Britain, Russia, Italy and France. All of this countries had a reason to "hate" the other, for example, some fought for land, others for raw materials. France for example were fighting because they couldn't accept that they lost Lorraine in the Franco- Prussian war. Also nationalism arose, which is a deep devotion towards ones nation.
Also the sense of competition between Europeans was still there from the time were they were fighting for territory in Africa, which led to rivalry between many European countries. From this time, many conflicts arose. All European countries believed that to be great, they needed to have a good and powerful standing army, which led to the implementation of each countries army. by 1914, all the great powers except for great Britain, already had powerful standing armies ready.
This rivalry, desire of being great than the other and competition, were the factors that lead this European countries to war.

Tiffani Chalas
The main causes of WWI were:
1. Mutual Defense Alliances: Since there were so many alliances between countries it was rather difficult to avoid war, because if one country was attacked the allied country was forced to enter as well.

2. Imperialism: When a country's wealth and power rises because of the conquering of another nation, a sense of competition was formed by other countries making confrontation rather unavoidable.

3. Militarism: Nations were desperate to have the best weapons in stand by and rushed to make them and often copying other nations.

4. Nationalism: With each country trying to prove its power and dominance outbursts between countries were common.

5. Immediate Cause: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand: The assassination of Ferdinand made Austria-Hungary declare war on Serbia. The chain-reaction of mutual defense alliances dragged in other countries into the war.

World War I was the result of leaders' aggression towards other countries which was supported by the rising nationalism of the European nations. Economic and imperial competition and fear of war prompted military alliances and an arms race, which further escalated the tension contributing to the outbreak of war. Nationalism: At the settlement of the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the principle of nationalism was ignored in favor of preserving the peace. Germany and Italy were left as divided states, but strong nationalist movements and revolutions led to the unification of Italy in 1861 and that of Germany in 1871. Imperialism: Another factor which contributed to the increase in rivalry in Europe was imperialism. Great Britain, Germany and France needed foreign markets after the increase in manufacturing caused by the Industrial Revolution. These countries competed for economic expansion in Africa. Bismarck and Alliances: World War I was caused in part by the two opposing alliances developed by Bismarckian diplomacy after the Franco-Prussian War.

Collapse of Bismarckian Alliances: However, after Bismarck was fired by Kaiser William II in 1890, the traditional dislike of Slavs kept Bismarck's successors from renewing the understanding with Russia. Arms Race: The menace of the hostile division led to an arms race, another cause of World War I. Acknowledging that Germany was the leader in military organization and efficiency, the great powers of Europe copied the universal conscription, large reserves and detailed planning of the Prussian system. Technological and organizational developments led to the formation of general staffs with precise plans for mobilization and attack that often could not be reversed once they were begun. Armies and navies were greatly expanded. Crises in Africa: The friction of an armed and divided Europe escalated into several crises in Morocco and the Balkans which nearly ended in war.

-Some of the factors that influenced and caused the World War 1 were the rising tensions in Europe between nations and the tangled alliances. One cause was the rise of nationalism. Nationalism can serve to unify the country but it also can cause intense competition among nations, with each seeking to overpower the other. Another cause was the imperialism and militarism. European nations competed between each other for colonies in Africa and asia but as they competed there rivalry and mistrust of one another deepened. Also having a large and strong army made citizens feel patriotic. However it also frightened people.

-Growing rivalries and mutual mistrust had led to creation of several military alliances among great powers but his alliances were made to keep peace in Europe but is divided it into two groups the triple alliance, which were Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy, and Triple Entente, which were Great Britain, France, and Russia. These divided groups were ready to battle each other all out but what they needed was a detonate.

Kendrick Abreu Grullon

The First World War began in August 1914. It was directly started by the assassination of the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand and his wife, on 28th June 1914 by Bosnian revolutionary, Gavrilo Princip. Another main factor of the causes of WWI was imperialism, by 1900 the British Empire extended over five continents and France had control of large areas of Africa. With the rise of industrialism countries needed new markets. The amount of land owned by Britain and France increased the rivalry with Germany who had entered the scramble to acquire colonies late and only had small areas of Africa. Militarism was another reason of this great war since the armies of France and Germany had more than doubled between 1870 and 1914 and there was angry competition between Britain and Germany for the control of the seas. The British introduced the 'Dreadnought' an effective battleship, in 1906. Germans of course did not stayed with their arms crossed so they soon followed suit introducing their own battleships.

Natasha Chami

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