Possible Underlying Causes of the First World War
1. Germany had undergone a quick, successful revolution and had
become an economically very strong power. From 1900, Germany
became more and more ambitious. It’s desire to “find a place under
the sun” has become so great that it would be unfriendly and
hostile when in confrontation with other countries, hence it may
be one of the causes of the WW1.
2. Imperialism: Countries have long fought for imperialist
interests, including trade, land, and political influence. Though
before the WW1, no countries have actually fought against each
other because of imperialist interests, the relations are often
strained. As the Triple Alliance and Triple Entente formed, the
countries on the same side resolved over their interests, but
Germany showed a hungry, assertive desire over the settling over
3. Militarism: (how the people give great importance to military
Armament race-Britain and Germany have been competing in the
development of dreadnoughts *naval race*.
Influence of military leaders-great when the powers were preparing for
Conscription- All European great powers (apart from Britain) have
adopted conscription. All young men had to go through military
training and when the country was at war, the young men would be
called upon to join the military forces.
4. Nationalism : one’s love for his fatherland.
Ultra-nationalism (extreme nationalism ) makes one want the government
to be stronger in foreign policies.
It has made people in the eastern Balkan states fight for their
freedom and independence from the Ottoman Empire.
5. The international relations had not been good, for there is
constant rivalry and conflicts. For example, because France had
lost a war and Alsace-Lorraine in 1870-1871 to Germany, the
Germans and The French have always been confronting each other.
6. Germany had been developing its naval and military strength, and
thought that they were stronger than other countries, and that
they were ready to fight, so developed a warlike stance.
7. Another cause of the World War One is the tangle of Alliances.
The alliance system is so, that when two countries are in
conflict, other countries may be drawn into the fight, and a local
fight may turn into a catastrophic event, like a World War.
Course of the WW1.
First there was the...