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

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