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How did the Alliance system develop before 1900?

The First World War broke out in 1914. The root causes of this war lay in the alliance systems that were formed
in Europe and in further crises that arose in Morocco and the Balkans. The rivalry between the alliances led

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What other alliances were formed prior to 1914?

Agreements signed by France

After their defeat by Prussia in 187071 in the FrancoPrussian War, French hatred of Germany and their
wish for revenge dominated their foreign policy in the years up to the First World War. However, France
was unable to…

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3. The AngloRussian Entente allowed the two countries to settle differences.
riple Entente didn't officially exist.
4. The T

The key features of Kaiser Wilhelm's foreign policy

The AngloGerman Rivalry

Britain controlled the seas with the most powerful navy which it used for protection and it kept open

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The Moroccan Crises

The First Moroccan Crisis ­ 190505

Morocco was an uncolonised African country, but France wanted to add it to its empire.
Germany objected ­ and demanded an international conference on Morocco's future.
At the Algeciras Conference in 1906, Germany was forced to back down by British, Italian,…

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The Bosnian Crisis

The Bosnian Crisis ­ 190809

The next crisis between the Great Powers arose in the Balkans, the area of southeastern Europe which
consisted of many small countries that were in the process of becoming independent from the Turkish
Ottoman Empire. Most of this area was occupied by…

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What were the consequences of the events in Sarajevo on the start of the First World War?

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand visited Sarajevo on 28th June 1914. This was a national festival day for the Serbs, so
feeling against the visit was high. In spite of…

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August 1914. At this stage, the war only involved the east of Europe. It
declared war on Russia on 1st
was the Schlieffen Plan ­ Germany's plan for was that ensured it spread to the west.

What effects did the Schlieffen Plan have on the outbreak of the First World…

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Summary of main causes for WW1



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