Causes of War

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4 Long Term Causes

Four underlying causes of the war

M- ilitarism: building up a strong army and navy to be prepared for war (Arm's Race)

A-lliances: 1882- Triple Alliance. (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy) 1907- Triple Entente (France, Britain, Russia)

I-mperialism: The desire to conquer colonies, especially in Africa. This brought the powers into conflict - Germany wanted an empire. France and Britain already had empires.

N-ationalism: The belief that your country is better than others (patriotic). This made nations assertive and aggressive.

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