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World War I   Origins of War
The Causes of WWI

   • Militarism
   • Alliances
   • Nationalism
   • Imperialism
   • Assassination
Militarism

• A nation’s policy of enlisting, training, equipping,
  and maintaining armed forces ready for war
• The arme...
Militarism

• Industrialization (making things through power
  driven machines) led to wealth and power
• This fueled an a...
Defence Spending, 1870-1914
Alliances

• Franco-Prussian War, 1871: “Germany” defeats
  France, forms a series of alliances to isolate France
• German...
Alliances

Triple Alliance:
• Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy


Triple Entente:
• Great Britain, France, and Russia
Alliances

• Formed for defensive purposes, with the hope of
  reducing the threat of war
• In reality, they had the oppos...
Nationalism

• Characterized by feelings of intense loyalty toward
  one’s own country and culture
• Identification with a ...
Imperialism

• A deliberate policy of gaining territory and/or
  control
• Nationalism + Industrialism = Imperialism
• Pre...
Assassination

• June 14, 1914, Arch
  Duke Franz Ferdinand
  and his wife Sophie are
  gunned down in
  Sarajevo, Bosnia
...
Assassination

• Franz Ferdinand is the Crown Prince of the
  Austro-Hungarian Empire
• Shot by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian...
Origins Of  WWI
Origins Of  WWI
Origins Of  WWI
Origins Of  WWI
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Origins Of WWI

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Origins Of WWI

  1. 1. World War I Origins of War
  2. 2. The Causes of WWI • Militarism • Alliances • Nationalism • Imperialism • Assassination
  3. 3. Militarism • A nation’s policy of enlisting, training, equipping, and maintaining armed forces ready for war • The armed forces come to dominate a country’s national policy • A glorification of the military and war itself
  4. 4. Militarism • Industrialization (making things through power driven machines) led to wealth and power • This fueled an arms race, especially a naval race between Britain and Germany • During WWI, transportation and weapons technology developed rapidly — resulting in a war with more casualties than ever before
  5. 5. Defence Spending, 1870-1914
  6. 6. Alliances • Franco-Prussian War, 1871: “Germany” defeats France, forms a series of alliances to isolate France • German plans to rival the British navy upset the “balance of power” • France, looking for an ally to balance the threat created by Germany, turns to Russia • Austria-Hungary, facing a threat from Russia, sought support from Germany
  7. 7. Alliances Triple Alliance: • Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy Triple Entente: • Great Britain, France, and Russia
  8. 8. Alliances • Formed for defensive purposes, with the hope of reducing the threat of war • In reality, they had the opposite effect • If one member of the alliance become involved in a conflict, they could rely on the immediate assistance of its allies • Allowed boldness and made it impossible to localize fighting
  9. 9. Nationalism • Characterized by feelings of intense loyalty toward one’s own country and culture • Identification with a geographic area or an ethnic group • Can be thought of like a huge storm: can be peaceful or violent, build or destroy • Nationalism was a powerful force throughout Europe and major cause of international tension
  10. 10. Imperialism • A deliberate policy of gaining territory and/or control • Nationalism + Industrialism = Imperialism • Pre-WWI, imperialism is not new • However, rivalry among imperial powers is (First Moroccan Crisis, Second Moroccan Crisis)
  11. 11. Assassination • June 14, 1914, Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie are gunned down in Sarajevo, Bosnia • The assassinations are the “spark” that start World War I
  12. 12. Assassination • Franz Ferdinand is the Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire • Shot by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist • Princip was member of The Black Hand, a Serbian Nationalist Group

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