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What Was the Most Important Cause of the First World War?

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THE CAUSES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR Task: Read the following passage. When you come across a passage which deals with a cause of World War 1, copy it to the appropriate section of Table 1 below. When you come across a passage that relates to a certain country, copy it to the appropriate section of Table 2. Task: Read the following passage. When you come across a passage which deals with a cause of World War 1, copy it to the appropriate section of Table 1 below. When you come across a passage that relates to a certain country, copy it to the appropriate section of Table 2. In 1900 the countries of Europe, together with the United States and Japan, dominated the world. The great powers were suspicious of each other, and made alliances with each other for safety. Germany was a fairly new country; it had only existed since 1870, and its neighbours were worried that if it continued to grow it would become the greatest power in the world. The powers settled in to two groups. The Triple Alliance linked Germany, the Austrian Empire and Italy; the Triple Entente brought together Britain, France and Russia. The terms of these agreements were secret. One side could not know exactly what countries on the other side would do to support each other. In western Europe, France had lost land (Alsace Lorraine) ...read more.

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wanted to be independent. Russia and Austria, however, both wanted to gain power in the Balkans (and to stop the other doing so). IMPERIALISM Disputes over the future of Morocco led to the first and second Moroccan crisis. Germany started late in the race to gain colonies, but was trying hard to catch up. MILITARISM Britain and Germany added to the tension by having a 'naval race'. They both spent vast sums building the new super weapon, battleships called Dreadnoughts. Russia mobilised its army (got ready to fight) ALLIANCE SYSTEM The Triple Alliance linked Germany, the Austrian Empire and Italy; the Triple Entente brought together...

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