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Why Did W.W.1 Start in 1914

  • Date Submitted: 12/14/2012 10:26 AM
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Before world war one began in 1914 several events had caused a tension around central Europe. Events including the factors of Imperialism, Nationalism and Militarism.   The tension had been simmering due to clashes between the great powers (Italy, France, Germany, the British Empire, Austria-Hungarian Empire and Russia). Events as early as 1867 can be seen to have caused war. That’s 47 years of a build up of tension. In this essay I aim to tell you the issues leading up to the start of the war in 1914 and, explain to you the significance of these issues.
In 1914 two main powers had been formed. These powers were the Triple Entente: Great Britain, France and Russia: and the Triple Alliance: Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. If a country from another alliance was to attack, then the countries from the alliance were devised to help its allies. The countries had a ‘moral obligation’ to support one another. These alliances were significant to the start of the war because this would make the outbreak of war more likely. This was because a major power only had to invade a neighbouring country for the main power blocks (alliances) to get involved.

The Franco-Prussian war was between France and Prussia. The war started when France declared war on 19 July 1870. It ended on 10 May 1871. Prussia won this war. After this war France had to give the region of Alsace to Prussia. After this war, Prussia took steps to unite independent German states into one country, the German Empire. The Unification of Germany. The war started due to an offer for the throne of Spain to Prussia. Prussia wanted to accept however this would make France weaker. This is how war broke out. This is significant to the start of the war because this would mean France would want revenge on Germany. This is also of significance because this would mean great tension between two major powers France and Germany.

Many central Europe powers wanted to make wealth abroad. Many...


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