Causes of World War 1

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What was a consequence of the glorification of the military and its power in Europe before World War I?

Increased military spending and arms races between nations

Which of the following was a motivation behind imperialism in Europe before World War I?

A desire for resources, markets, and influence

What was a key characteristic of nationalist movements in Europe before World War I?

A strong sense of national identity and pride

Who perpetrated the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand?

A Serbian nationalist

What was the main consequence of the complex system of alliances between European nations before World War I?

A situation in which a small conflict between two nations could quickly escalate into a larger, global war

Which alliance included France, Britain, and Russia?

Triple Entente

What was the primary strategy of the German Empire during the Battle of Verdun?

To 'bleed France white' through a series of attacks

What was a significant consequence of the Treaty of Versailles?

The creation of the League of Nations

What was a key characteristic of the Battle of the Somme?

It resulted in heavy casualties on both sides

What was the outcome of the Battle of Verdun?

A French victory, but at great cost in lives and resources

What was a key provision of the Treaty of Versailles?

Germany was forced to pay significant reparations to the Allied Powers

When did the Battle of Verdun take place?

February 1916 to December 1916

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Causes of World War 1

Militarism

  • Glorification of the military and its power
  • Increased military spending and arms races between nations
  • Belief in the ability of military power to resolve conflicts
  • Examples:
    • Germany's expansion of its army and navy
    • Britain's response with its own naval expansion
    • France's emphasis on military preparedness

Imperialism

  • Competition for colonies and territories around the world
  • Desire for resources, markets, and influence
  • Examples:
    • European scramble for Africa in the late 19th century
    • Germany's desire for colonies and "place in the sun"
    • Britain's extensive empire and desire to maintain its dominance

Nationalism

  • Strong sense of national identity and pride
  • Desire for independence and self-governance
  • Examples:
    • Rise of nationalist movements in various European countries
    • Unification of Italy and Germany in the 19th century
    • Desire for independence in Balkan states like Serbia and Bosnia

Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

  • Event that sparked the outbreak of World War 1
  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • Perpetrated by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist
  • Led to Austria-Hungary's declaration of war on Serbia, which cascaded into a wider conflict

System of Alliances

  • Complex system of alliances between European nations
  • Divided into two main camps: Triple Entente (France, Britain, Russia) and Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy)
  • Created a situation in which a small conflict between two nations could quickly escalate into a larger, global war
  • Examples:
    • Franco-Russian Alliance (1894)
    • Triple Entente (1907)
    • Triple Alliance (1882)

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