1890 Europe As An Area of Growing Tension

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1890 Europe As An Area of Growing Tension Around 1890 it was apparent that conflict in Europe was almost inevitable, due to many factors to sides (armed camps) had aroused these were; The Triple Entente and The Triple Alliance, through wars and turbulence in Europe the eventual outcome was the outbreak of the first world war. The western powers expanded colonies. However, national rivalries gradually grew and alliance camps emerged. Economic competition and arms race also became intense. The Balkans became a hotpot of western intervention, as the Ottoman Empire declined. Finally war broke out in 1914, a war which was unexpectedly disastrous and destructive in scale. The war was caused by a number of interwoven factors. The first of these factors being nationalism.In 19th Century Europe the desire of subject peoples for independence (This led to a series of national struggles for independence among the Balkan peoples. Other powers got involved and caused much instability.). The desire of independent nations for dominance and prestige. As the powers try to dominate each other in Europe, their rivalries may be regarded as one of the causes of the First World War. Germany was united in 1871 as a result of the Franco-Prussian War, and she rapidly became the strongest economic and military power in Europe. From 1871 to 1890, Germany wanted to preserve her hegemony in Europe by forming a series of peaceful alliances with other powers, one of these powers was Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary was established as the Dual Monarchy in 1867. The Dual Monarchy ruled over a large empire consisting of many nationalities, but only the Aust... ... middle of paper ... ... accelerated from 1880 onwards. Colonial rivalries were a cause of the First World War for two main reasons; firstly, colonial rivalries led to strained relations among the European powers. In Africa, all the European powers except Austria and Russia had colonies there. Thus there were many clashes among France, Britain, Germany and Italy. Secondly, colonial rivalry led to indirectly to the formation and strengthening of alliances and ententes. So when all these smaller rivalries, alliances and other European matters are put together they put together a complicated yet understandable web of reasons why that in 1890 Europe was an area of growing tension, sowing the seeds of its own destruction, which in 1914 was proven with the outbreak of the First World War which had seemed inevitable for forty years previous to it!

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