Why Did World War One Break Out in 1914?

Topics: World War I, World War II, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Pages: 3 (1035 words) Published: March 21, 2012
The causes of the world war were 4; the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Arms Race, Alliances and the Empire. I think that the most important cause is the Alliances, because if other countries didn’t start coming into Austria-Hungary’s war with Serbia, it wouldn’t have turned into a major war. The first link is from Box 3: ‘Countries wanted a big empire because they gave countries more power, money and prestige’, to Box 1: ‘Countries in Europe were competing over who had the biggest empire’. These boxes link together because Box 3 states that countries wanted a big empire and Box 1 states that countries were competing over who had the biggest empire because they both obviously wanted the most power, money and prestige. This link relates to the cause of Empire. Carrying on, the link is from Box 1: ‘Countries in Europe were competing over who had the biggest empire’, to Box 5: ‘Germany and Britain began competing over who had the biggest navy. Both countries wanted to make sure they were the strongest’. These boxes link together because as well as competing over who had the biggest empire, they were also competing over who had the biggest navy. Because both countries ‘wanted to make sure they were the strongest’, they needed a big empire, because then they would be able to have enough money and power for weapons and navy. This link relates to the cause of Arms Race. Box 5 then links to the middle because there are no other boxes to link it to, and the competition between Britain and Germany of who was the strongest was a cause (Arms Race) of the World War One. The next link is from Box 2: ‘Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary were in an alliance together. Germany was worried about being attacked by France or Russia’, to Box 4: ‘In response to Germany joining an alliance, France and Russia formed an alliance, which Britain later joined. These countries thought Germany was getting too powerful’. These boxes link...
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