In reaction, France, Great Britain, and Russia formed the Triple Entente in 1907. These alliances were formed for protection of one another if a tragic and catastrophic event broke out. There were several events that tested the connection between the alliances. In 1914, the trustworthiness of several alliances was shown with the mayhem in the Balkans. “With the growing spirit of Nationalism, Slav subjects were becoming more and more difficult to govern.” This was caused because of the Slavs desperate desire to become an individual state.
This was only the spark that started war in Europe; there were long term causes that contributed to the war and were the origins. This answer will explain the causes focusing on how they contributed to World War One and what the important links are between them. The Alliances not only contributed to war breaking out; it made the war last longer and become on a much larger scale; major political disputes would inevitably cause a large conflict. The alliances caused suspicion, fear, and tension among nations. The two camps were the Triple Entente (Britain, France and Russia) and the Triple Alliance (Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary).
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28th, 1914 is often referred to as the beginning of World War I. However, it was only a catalyst. Instead, events from the late 19th century had created tensions and conflict amongst the European powers that could only be solved through war. Imperialism- the taking over of another country territorially, militarily, economically, and culturally- in the late 1800s was a significant cause of World War I because it started Europe’s major powers on a path of conflict and rivalry. Equally significant were the alliance systems, which split Europe into two, and the nationalism which created among people and nations a desire for greater strength and for new acquisitions.
To what extent was imperialism a cause in the outbreak of World War I? World War I, also known as the Great War, was a global war centered in Europe that lasted from July 28 1914 to November 11 1918. After the war the British Empire started to unravel and the German and, Austro-Hungarian empires were broken up. Imperialism was one significant cause in the outbreak of World War I because it started the major powers on a path of conflict. Equally significant were the alliance systems, which split Europe into two, and nationalism which created a desire for world recognition among people and nations.
One could see alliances escalating the the amount of countries in the war, an extreme amount of nationalism, and tensions over colonies and technological advances. All of these ultimately led to commencement of World War I. First, and possibly one of the most crucial of all the reasons, was alliances. The Great War started off slowly, but it started a chain reaction that slowly brought most of Europe into it. The two sides in this war were the Allied forces which consisted of Britain, Russia, the United States, and a few more while the other side was the Central Powers which had Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey.
This weakened the Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman empires as Slavs made up most of Austria-Hungary and there was a fear that Slavic nationalism would result in the countries breaking up. The Radical Party brought the idea of nationalism to Serbia. They mixed nationalist and socialist rhetoric in a way that was new to Serbia and had wide appeal even though it had been discredited by Western Europe in 1848. Yet nationalism was a pro... ... middle of paper ... ...o be dragged into the war making it a world war. Nationalism, militarism and alliances were all major causes of world war one and each of the factors led onto the next.
The Break Out of World War One In this essay I am going to explain why world war one happened. There are many causes, both long term and short term for example the rivalry between Germany and France because of the Franco Prussian war, and the assassination of archduke Franz Ferdinand. It is hard to tell which is the most important cause, because lots of countries had tensions with each other, and the war took place because of all these. One long-term cause of world war one was the fact there were two established Alliance systems- the triple Alliance and the triple entente. This was where countries all over the world were backing each other up, each member of the alliances promised to help its allies if a country belonging to the other alliance attacked them.
As the alliance system divided Europe into opposing groups, each nation began to increase spending on its military. This set a belligerent mood in Europe as each nation was prepared to fight a war. A German officer once said "in time of peace, prepare for war," and that is exactly what European nations did, eventually leading to the Great War. Without a doubt, the one underlying cause of the three described above that was most responsible for World War I was the system of alliances.
Since the late 19th century and early 20th century, there has been major tension within Europe. With many countries making alliances, building up better and stronger navies or armies and fighting over land was all recipe for disaster and ultimately led to a World War. In 1871 when Germany unified, many tensions grew in Europe as other countries such as Russia and France saw this young power house country coming through. Germany was not only wealthy, it was industrialized, had lots of resources, a very strong economy and a few years after unification became one of the super power countries. This made other European powers such as Britain, France and Russia threatened.
But this Imperialism in Europe led to many conflicts between countries. All this Conflict eventually resulted in the begining of Worls War I. The causes of World War I were the intense nationalism that dominated Europe throughout the 19th and into the 20th century, and the establishment of large armies in Europe after 1871. Imperialism created a rivaly between nations and empires. The build up of armies and navies created fear between nations.