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Pre WWI and WWI Causes

by: Cydney Tinsley

Pre WWI and WWI Causes HIST 3121

Cydney Tinsley
CU Denver
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These notes cover the state of Europe right before the start of WWI as well as some causes for the war.
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Date Created: 08/25/16
Cydney Tinsley World at War Day 2: Before the War Before the War 1. Countries Before the War: a. Germany i. Militarism ii. Traditional. Had a high respect for men in uniform. iii. Blank check to Austria-Hungary; essentially said “If there’s a war, we’ve got your back”. b. Austria-Hungary i. Had control of the Balkan country Bosnia, which the Serbians did not like. c. Russia i. Pan-Slavian. Trying to unite a large group of people. d. Alsace-Lorraine i. Considered to be French, although the people spoke German. ii. Both Germany and France thought they owned it. e. England: i. Ultra-strong Navy. 2. Lots of the people who didn’t think a war would happen thought so because the ruling families and the economies of European countries were inter- related. Despite this, at the beginning of 1914, most countries knew that a war was on the horizon. 3. Conflicts and Tensions Before the War: a. Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, who was killed by a Serbian Nationalist. b. Nationalism. c. Militarism. d. Land: The debate between France and Germany over Alsace-Lorraine The debate between Serbia and Russia for Bosnia. Sudtia/Trantino e. Political systems. f. International relations. g. Naval rivalries between Britain and Germany. h. Colonial claims, mostly by Britain and France. i. Economic problems. 4. Alliances: a. France and England b. France and Russia c. Austria-Hungary and Germany 5. Causes of WWI: a. The countries involved. All of them felt justified at the beginning of the war. b. Long standing issues, such as colonial claims and naval wars. c. All of the tensions/conflicts that were present pre-WWI.


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