Causes of World War One: Imperialism, Militarism, Alliances, Nationalism

Nationalism A. Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 i. Established a powerful Germany with industrial and military potentials that posed a threat to existing European powers. ii. French anti-German sentiment and desire for revenge over Germany’s annexation of Alsace-Lorraine. iii. France’s defeat sparked a revolution culminating in the French Third Republic. B. Russo-Japanese War 1905 i. In 1903,…

The Causes of World War I

Militarism Alliances Imperialism Nationalism Militarism Def: Building up of arms (weapons) to deter (scare) others from attacking. Germany was competing with the UK to build battleships. The British feared an attack on their Empire Germany was competing with Russia and France to expand their armies Alliances Def: Banding together of countries against a common threat.…