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Causes of World War One. Militarism. Causes of World War One. Militarism : [mil- i - tuh - riz - uhm ] noun 1. a strong military  spirit or policy. 2. the principle or policy of maintaining a large military  establishment.

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Causes of World War One

  • Militarism : [mil-i-tuh-riz-uhm]

  • noun

  • 1. a strong military  spirit or policy.

  • 2. the principle or policy of maintaining a large military  establishment.

  • 3. the tendency to regard military  efficiency as the supreme ideal of the state and to subordinate all other interests to those of the military.


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Causes of World War One

  • During the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s the major European powers began to expand their military forces

  • The primary area of expansion was the navy

  • Navies were seen as a way to project power in other parts of the world (essential for colonial powers) and to protect shipping


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Causes of World War One

  • The main naval power was the British Empire

  • They had the largest and most modern navy at the time

  • Germany saw the expansion of their navy as a way to challenge British superiority

  • Both countries embarked on major building programs


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Causes of World War One

  • The British built bigger and better ships, designing a whole new class called dreadnoughts

  • The Germans also built large ships but they split their efforts and created a submarine force as well, the first such one ever


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Causes of World War One

  • The naval race lead to other countries feeling nervous and so they began to build up both their much smaller navies and their land forces

  • Between 1908 and 1913 military spending by all European powers increased by 50%


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