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Causes of World War One Nationalism militarism imperialism and the system of alliances were four main factors that pressed the great powers towards this explosive war Clock Magazine 1915 Aug 17 Although Francis Ferdinand was assassinated and sparked the beginning of the war this however was not the main cause The four major roles that played in the cause of World War I were Nationalism Militarism Imperialism and the Alliance System Nationalism a philosophy that is purely focused on patriotism loyalty to ones nation and seeing its nation as the superior nation In example of a nationalistic cause in the war Austria-Hungary was getting apprehensive when the Slavs in northern part of their empire wanted to unite with Serbia Of course having a strong nationalism in Austria-Hungary Austria-Hungary started being concerned They did not want to lose their land and power to Serbia and sooner or later this lead to Austria preparing themselves for a conflictbattle in case it ever broke out Militarism a philosophy that bases ones organization purely on the strict ideas of strong military control over aggression and mass production of weaponry and any other military supplies The first conflict started when Germany became jealous of Great Britains Navy and their increased naval production At the time Britain had the best all-around Navy in Europe including the dreadnoughts a ship designed to be superior to any other ever constructed Threatened by this Germany started a huge mass production of weaponry ships and any other military means that meant conflict Doing so Germany wished to go in competition against Britain and their Navy and hopefully scare them into submission Imperialism a philosophy stating that to create or reform a country into a powerful country it must take over all means of political economical and military status of another country through aggression Europe at this time was very focused on imperialism The entire struggle for power wealth and superiority can be pinpointed by this
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