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Causes and early events of WW1
Transcript of Causes and early events of WW1
France & Belgium
Germany: Kaiser Wilhelm II
Austria-Hungary: Emperor Franz Joseph ,
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Russia: Czar Nicolas II
England: King George V, PM
France: Pres. Raymond Poincare
Rivalries between countries (Germ/Brit)
eg: BR: built dreadnaught to challenge German
FR/BR: expansion of empire/colonies
FR/GR: FR lost 2 provinces to Germany
GR/FR/BR becoming more industrialized,
producing more products and weapons
Peace threatened by political agitation, labour &
Problems that Existed in Europe prior to War
Assassination in SARAJEVO (Capital od Austria Hungary) on 28 June, 1914. A SERB terroroist assassinated Archduke FRANZ FERDINAND, in line for the Austrian throne.
Austria-Hungary attacked SERBIA
RUSSIA sent its troops to the defense of Serbia
GERMANY declared waron Russia and FRANCE (ally of Russia)
August 4th, Germany invaded BELGIUM, a country declared neutral
The Ambassador of Gt Britain reminds Germany that she has broken an already existing treaty-Germany's response: "ONLY A PIECE OF PAPER
ENGLAND enters the war along with CANADA
In theory, Alliance were created to avoid war