Causes of World War I


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Causes of World War I

  1. 1. Causes ofWorld War I Long-term and short-term causes
  2. 2. Glossary• Alliances An alliance is an agreement made between two or more countries to give each other help if it is needed.• Imperialism is when a country takes over countries and makes them subject to their rule.• Nationalism means being a strong supporter of the rights and interests of ones country
  3. 3. • Imperial Europe isEurope, 1900 dominated by the Great Powers - Britain,Germany, France, Italy, Austria- Hungary and Russia. • The Ottoman Empire is in decline, resulting in increasing instability in the Balkans. • Already Serbia and Romania have a large degree of independence.
  4. 4. Causes and Outbreak of World War One Tension 1900 WAR! 1914
  5. 5. Step 1: Imperialism Tension WAR!Imperialism: Land and Empire Rivalries 1900 1914
  6. 6. Europe and the Great PowersGreat Britain Russia France Austria-Hungary Italy Germany
  7. 7. Rivalries Lots of rivalries in Europe at this time.Countries all want to be strong and they end up competing with each other. Competed over Land and Navies and Power and Empires Armies influence
  8. 8. British (red) and French (blue) Empires, 1900
  9. 9. German ambition…
  10. 10. Imperialism• All the great powers were competing for colonies/ territory – raw materials – cheap labour and soldiers – taxes• The British feared Germany in Africa.• The Austrians feared Serbia/ Russia in the Balkans
  11. 11. Step 2: Nationalism Tension Nationalism WAR!Imperialism: Land and Empire Rivalries 1900 1914
  12. 12. Nationalism• This was an age when all nations wanted to assert their power and independence (self- determination).• In Europe Slavs, aided by Serbia and Russia, wanted to be free of Austrian rule.
  13. 13. Nations and • National Empires aspirations made the Empires fragile (A-H) • Other Empires built themselves as nations (Germany)
  14. 14. Step 3: Alliances Tension Alliance System WAR! Nationalism Imperialis m: Landand Empire Rivalries 1900 1914
  15. 15. Germany is worried about have enemies on two fronts, East and West
  16. 16. Triple Alliance (1882)
  17. 17. Triple Entente (1907)
  18. 18. Russia & Serbia: Slav nationalism
  19. 19. Alliance- friendshipTriple Entente Triple Alliance France Austria-Hungary V Great Britain Germany Russia Italy Copy down the two alliances
  20. 20. Alliances• By 1914 all the major powers were linked by a system of alliances.• The alliances made it more likely that a war would start.• Once started, the alliances made it more likely to spread.
  21. 21. This American cartoon shows Serbia being attacked by AustriaHungary, who is then attacked by Russia, who is then attackedby Germany, who is then attacked by Britain and France.Each says: ‘Leave him alone or I’ll…
  22. 22. Step 4: Arms race and Militarism Tension Arms Race & Alliance Militarism System WAR! NationalismImperialism: Land and Empire Rivalries 1900 1914
  23. 23. All this nationalist Empire building needs a big army…• Germany was competing with the UK to build battleships.• The British feared an attack on their Empire• Germany was competing with Russia and France to expand their armies 1880 1914• Germany 1.3m 5.0m• France 0.73m 4.0m• Russia 0.40m 1.2m
  24. 24. Arms race and militarism Britain had the biggest navy in the world and wanted things to stay that way….. But Germany also wanted toincrease its navy. A race begin with both countries trying to build the most battleships. The new, fastest battleships were called dreadnoughts.
  25. 25. Step 5: Assassination of Franz Ferdinand Tension Assassination of Franz Arms Ferdinand Race & Alliance Militaris System m WAR! Nationalism Land and Empire Rivalries 1900 1914
  26. 26. The Crisis 1• 28 June 1914• Heir to Austrian throne Franz Ferdinand visits Sarajevo.• Capital of Bosnia, recently grabbed by Austria.• Hotbed of Slav Seal of the nationalism Black Hand group
  27. 27. The Crisis 2• “Black Hand” terrorists attack the Arch Duke• Bomb attempt fails in morning• Gavrilo Princip shoots Archduke and wife in the afternoon.• Austrians blame Serbia for supporting terrorists.
  28. 28. The Crisis 3 “Demands must be put• Austrians, supported by to Serbia Germany, send Serbia a that would tough ultimatum. be wholly• Serbia agrees to all but two impossible terms of the ultimatum. for them to• Russia mobilises her troops accept …” to support Serbia• Germany demands that Russia stands her armies down.• Germany declares war on Russia
  29. 29. Why did Britain get involved?• Britain had Ententes with France and Russia.• Only “friendly agreements” but French and Russians given impression Britain would fight