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Causes of WWI

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    • 1. Causes of World War I Background Knowledge Who: When: Where: How was it fought (technologies?) : Who won: Cause (why?) : Effects:
    • 2. Battle of the Somme, France, 1916
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    • 4. How did World War I Start?
    • 5. Arms Races
      • Countries raced to get the best weapons.
      • Tanks, machine guns, airplanes and chemical weapons raisied the potential for destruction.
      http://www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk/stories/the_age_of_the_mass/04.ST.01/?scene=2 http://www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk/stories/the_age_of_the_mass/04.ST.01/?scene=3
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    • 7. Schlieffen Plan
      • Due to previous wars, Germany had bad relations with France to its east and Russia to its west.
      • The Schlieffen Plan was a German plan made before the war that proposed a strategy for defeating France.
      • The plan was to defeat France quickly on the western front, leaving time to prepare for the Russian assault from the east.
      Alfred Graf von Schlieffen
    • 8.  
    • 9. Militarism
      • Militarism is the idea that a government best serves its people by having a strong military.
      • Militaristic countries have huge standing armies ready for action.
    • 10. Competition for Trade and Resources
      • With capitalism , countries competed for trade in different markets (e.g. Textiles).
      • No one likes to lose.
      • Tensions between countries grew as competition of new markets intensified.
      • European countries wanted each other’s colonies
    • 11.  
    • 12. Ethnic and Political Rivalries
      • The Austro-Hungarian empire included many ethnic groups including Slavs, Czechs, Serbs, and Slovaks who felt unrepresented by the government.
      • Slavs and Russians are similar ethnic groups.
      • Russia supported the defense of the Slavs.
      http://www.pbs.org/greatwar/maps/
    • 13.  
    • 14. Alliances
      • Web of treaties
      • Triple Alliance vs. Triple Entente
      • Or, Central Powers vs. Allies
    • 15. Franz Ferdinand
    • 16.  

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