The Turn-of-the Century World: Pre-WWI Tensions

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Which country finished a distant third to Great Britain and France in the scramble for colonies?


Who proclaimed, 'If the English speak of a ‘Greater Britain;’ if the French speak of a ‘Nouvelle [New] France;’ if the Russians open up Asia; then we, too, have the right to a greater Germany'?

Bernhard von Bulow

Which railway was the first to link Europe and Asia?

Trans-Siberian Railway

Which country's move on Manchuria brought conflict with Japan?


What marked the emergence of the United States as a major player on the world stage?

Settling the Russo-Japanese War

Which country's expansion overseas was linked to a need for resources and markets for its growing industries?

United States

Which nation did the United States announce it would take charge in if it could not properly manage its affairs?

Latin American nations

What did American attention focus on in Latin America?

Business investments

What action did the policy announced by the United States in 1904 cause in several nations between 1904 and 1916?

U.S. control

Which nation was seeking to become the dominant nation in the Americas at the turn of the 20th century?

The United States

Which country had abandoned its traditional policy of isolation at the turn of the 20th century?


Which nation had the popular 19th-century expression 'the sun never sets on the British Empire'?

Great Britain

Which two nations were described as ambitious and rapidly industrializing at the turn of the 20th century?

Germany and Japan

Which nation had vast holdings in Asia at the turn of the 20th century, along with Russia?

Great Britain

Which nation was struggling with the spheres of influence carved out by European powers and Japan in the weak and divided nation?


Which country was centered in present-day Turkey at the turn of the 20th century?

The Ottoman Empire

Which two nations were competing for land and influence in Europe at the turn of the 20th century?

Austria-Hungary and Russia

Which three nations ruled most of Africa at the turn of the 20th century?

Great Britain, France, Russia

Which nation was seeking power in mainland Asia at the turn of the 20th century?


Explore the geopolitical rivalries, tensions, and power struggles that paved the way for World War I, encompassing countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Delve into the competition for land, influence, and colonies among nations like Austria-Hungary, Russia, Germany, France, the Ottoman Empire, and the United States.

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