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Imperialism was the Cause of WWI
Transcript of Imperialism was the Cause of WWI
By Brendan Kovar, Husam Almanakly, and Nick de la Fuente
Imperialism is the practice of maintaining an empire or collection of colonies and expanding
European Imperialism was the biggest cause of World War I.
The three biggest countries who were involved in European Imperialism were Germany, Britain, and France.
With many countries such as Britain, Germany, and France colonizing and expanding, tensions began to build between the countries over the land they each wanted.
The Three Main Effects of European Imperialism
The main effects and influences that became an outcome of European Expansion included
tensions between alliances,
militarism and the Arms Race.
All these effects of European Imperialism lead to the outbreak of World War I.
The Tensions Between Alliances
Due to European Imperialism and many countries arguing over the land they each wanted, tensions were formed between them.
Following this, many countries sought alliances between each other to feel secure.
This played a big role in the outbreak of the war for many reasons. Once one country got into a fight, a domino effect followed.
Militarism/Increase in Army
The tensions from European Imperialism did not only cause the entanglement of alliances, but lead to countries strengthening their military.
Germany spent a loads of money rying to get there military bigger and better ten all the other countries and that scared Russia.
France and Germany had both rivaled for a larger Army, whereas Germany and Britain had rivaled for a larger Navy.
This lead to many countries believing a war was about to take place.
J.Llewelyn et al
"Imperialism as a cause of world war 1",
Alpha History, 10/14/14, http://alphahistory.com/worldwar1/imperism/
The belief that a specific nation, language, or culture is superior to all others.
In European nations like Germany, nationalism was driven by imperialism.
Nations like Britain and Germany were expanding and thought they were unstoppable.
In 1871 nationalism drove many European states to join together.
The beginning of these alliances were later driven completely together because of imperialism
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