Year Nine History. Why did the First World War start?. Nmg 06. The Great Powers in 1914. Europe dominated the political world in 1914 Key countries were: Great Britain Germany Austria-Hungary France Russia. Great Britain. Great Britain. Britain’s Empire was huge!. The German Empire.
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Why did the First World War start?
Britain’s Empire was huge!
was perhaps the
of the main
Russia was the largest
of the Great Powers,
stretching across 2
Russians wanted access to the Med – wanted control of the Straits
Russia (over India)
Britain had problems with
France (over colonies)
By 1914 Britain had sorted these problems out.
All three countries were members of the
TRIPLE ENTENTE although only France and Russia
were real allies
William’s ambitions alarmed the British
Britain and Germany found themselves in an arms race to build the new super weapon – the Dreadnought
Austria-Hungary aimed to
dominate this area
Serbia was ambitious
and wanted more