Causes of WW1

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Militarism- This is not just an arms race, but also a government's attitude of mind, seeing war as a valid means of foreign policy. All the nations of Europe were militaristic, but the government of Germany and Austria-Hungary were especially so.

All the counries of Europe built up their armies and navies. As one country increased its armies, so all the others felt obliged to increase their armed forces to keep the 'balance of power'.

Germany and Britain clashed over the size of their navies- in1900 Kaiser Wilhelm began to build up the German navy (Tirpiz's Navy Law),  announcingthat he wanted…


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