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Causes of World War I. US History: Spiconardi. Long Term Causes. Militarism. Militarism  Build up of the military The nations of Europe were competing in an arms race and increased spending on their militaries. HMS Dreadnought; this British battleship really got the arms race going.

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causes of world war i

Causes of World War I

US History: Spiconardi

militarism
Militarism
  • Militarism  Build up of the military
    • The nations of Europe were competing in an arms race and increased spending on their militaries

HMS Dreadnought; this British battleship really got the arms race going

alliances
Alliances
  • Alliances  Countries formed agreements for protection against one another
imperialism
Imperialism
  • Imperialism
    • The European powers competed over obtaining raw materials and territorial possessions
    • Each wanted to be the premier empire attain economic dominance
nationalism
Nationalism
  • Nationalism  extreme pride in one’s nation
    • In the Balkans, certain states wanted independence
    • Other European nations had extreme loyalty & devotion to their country
    • Nationalism created mistrust and national rivalries
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ilitarism

The Long Term Causes of World War I

lliances

mperialism

ationalism

the assassination of the archduke franz ferdinand
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (Read account)

Balkans was referred to as the “Powder Keg”

One event could spark a war

The Assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand
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The Short Term Causes of World War I

  • Austria-Hungary gives Serbia an ultimatum
    • End propaganda against Austria-Hungary
    • Suppress opposition movement
  • Serbia mobilizes forces
    • Germany backs Austria-Hungary
    • Russia backs Serbia
  • Germany declares war on Russia
  • Germany then declares war on Russia’s ally France
  • Germany invades Belgium to have easier access to France
  • WORLD WAR I BEGINS