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Why were there 2 armed camps in Europe in 1914?

The great powers in 1900

The triple entente


In 1900 Britain was a very powerful country. Its empire was huge and stretched a ¼ of
the earth and people called it the empire where the sun always shining…

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Britain's and in many ways was jealous of her. Germany was ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm the
second who wanted German wealth and influence abroad. Germany called its small
overseas empire as its place in the sun and Kaiser Wilhelm wanted more! The Kaiser was
also determined to expand the…

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The fear of the formation of the triple alliance was made purely for defence reasons
and to help protect each other's countries if an invasion occurred.

Agreement number 4- 1904 the entente cordiale between Britain and France

Britain was becoming worried for its empire as the triple alliance was…

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L-and (size of a country and empire as more land and bigger empire= more resources
and more people!)

Kaiser Wilhelm 2 and Weltpolitik

Kaiser- emperor of Germany
Otto van Bismarck- German chancellor
Who was Kaiser Wilhelm 2?
Unusual man
Queen Victoria's grandson
Had withered arm as he was born…

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idea but Germany was not informed. Kaiser Wilhelm 2 then went to the Moroccan town
of tangier in his finest military clothing and paraded a brass band sending a letter to
the sultan of morocco saying that Germany would protect morocco from the French.
However the Kaiser didn't really…

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as Germany was not an island it didn't need to protect its coasts as much and this
caused even more building of dreadnaughts.

Dreadnaughts changed the navy forever. The dreadnaught was faster and more
powerful than any ship ever before, older ships were now called `funf minuten ships' by…

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The Franco- Russian alliance was signed in 1893. This relationship worried
Austria-Hungary and Germany as they felt encircled and enclosed. The alliance was
purely defensive however Austria-Hungary didn't know this and started to get
paranoid about an attack. Germany thought that France and Russia would attack from
both sides…

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Thursday 24th October 1929- wall street crash, worldwide depression soon
1931- Manchurian crisis
1933- now fascist countries Germany and Japan leave league of nations
1935- Abyssinian crisis
September 1939- Germany invades Poland ww2 begins

The Paris peace conference
In January 1919 delegates of 32 of the allied states…

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however Lloyd George did not share these views he wanted to prevent a peace
settlement from occurring that was too harsh on Germany because it would mean that
Germany would not accept it. Lloyd George believed that if Germany was punished to
harshly it would turn to communism. Also…


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