In 1898 Kaiser Wilhelm announced his intentions to build a Germa... ... middle of paper ... ...x countries together who caused World War 1; jealousy, wanting for power, rivalry between countries, and the need to be number one are why the countries came together to form two groups; the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente. It is true that Germany was probably the most power-wanting out of all the six countries, but the beginning of the war would not have started if it wasn't also for Austria-Hungary, France and Britain. They all had so much hatred for each other and if it wasn't for the fact that Germany's navy wasn't good enough in 1905, the war would have started back then. There wasn't a main reason for the war to begin, it never begun just because of a murder; that was just a mere excuse to begin the attack. It is amazing to think how mans need for power can lead to a World War that will never be forgotten.
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.
Naval Rivalry as the Main Cause for World War One It has been argued that Naval rivalry was the main cause of World War One, this is because in 1898 Kaiser Wilhelm II wanted to have the most powerful and strongest navy in the world as he was extremely militaristic which worried Britain and consequently caused tension between the two countries. I believe that to a certain extent that Naval Rivalry did contribute to the war but in my opinion there were other factors that triggered off the war. My essay will include all of these different factors, which are: The Moroccan Crisis’, the Balkans crisis, The Alliance Systems and the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand. I will also conclude which I feel is the most important and why. One of the most significant causes of tension in Europe was the naval rivalry witch developed after 1990.
The Outbreak of War Due to the Alliance System Firstly, the fact that the alliances were always made on a war-footing and the powers were divided into sides nurtured a sense of competition and heightened the war tension and led to an arm race between European powers. For example, after the formation of the Triple Entente, Germany competed with Brit in building dreadnoughts. Thus all European powers were ready for war in 1914. Secondly, as most details of the alliances were kept secret, mutual suspicions and fears deepened and the powers watched each other’s moved suspiciously. This suspicion prevented their diplomats from devising a suitable solution to many of the crisis preceding to war.
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.
and increase in military control of the civilian government (particularly in Germany and Russia) also increased cooperation among the military staff of the countries of the same camp. For example, all the three Entente power... ... middle of paper ... ...'s alliance with Austria-Hungary was responsible for bringing it into the war, and for turning the war into a global crisis rather than a local one. Germany pledged to support Austria unconditionally in Austria's punishment of Serbia for the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. - Russia issued a partial defensive mobilization when it found out that its Slavic ally (Serbia) was under threat. This triggered responsive mobilizations against Russia from Austria and Germany.
Along with the hostile divisions in Europe came the expansion of armies and navies thus leading to an arms race. This arms race was also precipitated by the increase in war budgets after 1900. Attempts to restrict the arms race, like The Hague conference in 1899 and 1907 failed due to mutual suspicion. The great powers also elaborated plans for mass mobilisation. It was thought that a war would be decided in the opening phases and therefore who ever got into the field first and assembled the largest army in the sh... ... middle of paper ... ...;By 1914 the system of diplomacy in Europe had broken down.
Serbia was tired of being bossed around by Austria-Hungary and wanted to be left alone. Also, after the fall out of the Ottoman Empire, later renamed Turkey, Russia and Austria-Hungary almost went to war. The reason they almost went to war was that Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina. During this time period Great Britain had the number one navy in the world. Great Britain with their navy controlled the seas.
World War I Nothing was a bigger disaster than what happened in World War I. This was such a bad war because everyone in the world has allies, and the allies are in oath to help there ally when things get rough or that country is going to war. What I am here to inform you about is how one of the major countries and why one of the biggest powers in the world played a big part in World War I. This country is no other than France, a country who has a lot of say in Europe, and has many allies through out the world. The war officially started when the assassination of Austria's Archduke Ferdinand on June 28 in Sarajevo.
Napoleon wanted to fight the Russians in one big battle but the Russians, seeing that they were vastly outnumbered, withdrew and went back to Russia to build a better army. As they went back to Russia the instituted a ?scorched earth policy?, meaning, that they burned everythi... ... middle of paper ... ... has been shown in 1792, there were many different individuals and groups which hoped to be strengthened by war. Napoleon had crushed opposition at home by his victories abroad. French foreign policy had become a reflection of the uncertainties of French government, France and the French people had acquired the reputation of being restless and dangerous as they involved the rest of Europe in their quest for a regime that would prove to be permanent and satisfactory. France had always been living dangerously.