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April 5th 2002 Causes of World War I 1Nationalism Biggest cause of the First World War At the root of all problems -British Nationalism German rival naval fleet prompts British to increase their own Trade opposition Germany Germany was producing more coal and steal than Britain France together makes the British mad Britains nationalism is due to their concern over Germany -Germanys Nationalism Driven by their newfound confidence over becoming a big power Ahead in trade economics -Frances Nationalism As a loss of Alsace - Lorraine they decline economically while Germany grows They are weakened by a brand new nation They are very bitter Bad history with Germany and Bismarck -Russian Nationalism Access to warm water waterways they need them Nationalism expanding Russia under the umbrella of pan-Slavism going into the Balkans Want to unite the Slavic peoples Going into the Balkans would be profitable Wanted Balkans so this put them into direct conflict with Austria-Hungary because they also wanted it too -Austria-Hungary Nationalism Conflict over wanting to go into the Balkans with Russia Having many different peoples in Austria-Hungary Italians Germans Slavs Poles etc Fed on a fear for an empire break-up Looking for more territories because they had lost so much Heightened tension in the Balkans -Italian Nationalism When Italy gained Venetia Rome and the rest she didnt get all the ones she wanted Italians were still bitter that the population of Austria-Hungary was not GermanMagar Italy was bitter over the Italian states Austria-Hungary still controlled Italy sided with Austria-Hungary for one day over the territories they wanted and the threat of France attacking Italy Italy sided with Austria-Hungary because of what they needed and who was the bigger threat They joined the other side when Britain came into the war At that time Austria-Hungary was the lesser of two evils When the other side was winning Italy switched immediately over the prospect of gaining the states they wanted It was
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