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Western Civ 13 - Industrial Rivalry and the Lead-up to WWI
Transcript of Western Civ 13 - Industrial Rivalry and the Lead-up to WWI
Benz’s Internal Combustion Engine
The Second Industrial Revolution
Edison’s Stock ticker
Gov. buildings along the Unter den Linden, 1945
Changing the Balance of Economic Power
(Maybe Wilhelm wanted what Queen
Victoria had) – taken from her
Diamond Jubilee in 1897
The arms race constitutes another reason for the war.
The Arms Race
Then the British built the H.M.S. Dreadnought and the Germans responded in kind. The race was on.
These battleships become a necessity – they measure a nations wealth and prestige.
In fact, by 1914, the great powers were stockpiling not just battleships but ammunition, rifles, machine guns, and men into vast armies.
To many, war seemed inevitable.
The only hope to prevent the explosion was a system of alliances originally established by Otto von Bismarck.
Ultimately, the alliance system that was supposed to prevent war became the catalyst for the first world war.