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There are many causes to the First World War many of which are results of complex developments which took place for a number of years before the war such as the conflict over the Balkans and the decline of the Ottoman Empire The most obvious cause may be the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand However upon close examination of the events leading up to World War One we shall see that this was merely the spark that set off the chain of events leading up to the Great War One of the main causes of the war was the system of alliances between countries at that time Alliances such as the Triple Alliance between Germany Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire and the Triple Entente between Great Britain Russia and France effectively divided Europe into two opposing camps and pitted major powers against each other In doing so major alliances such as the ones quoted above reduced much of the flexibility of the old balance of power in Europe and that which had existed under the Bismarckian system of old These alliances also meant that what might previously have been minor conflicts now had the very real possibility of escalating into full-scale conflicts that would rapidly involve the major powers in Europe thus dragging the whole of Europe into war The alliances created an excessively rigid diplomatic framework within which relatively small detonators could produce huge explosions AJP Taylor This made it much harder for statesmen to preserve peace An example of this is the Moroccan Crises that started when Kaiser Wilhelm II visited the port of Tangier in 1905 and publicly declared support for Moroccan independence The Kaiser did this to test the strength of the Anglo-French entente This was solved by the Algeciras Conference in 1906 which ruled in Frances favour A second crisis broke out thereafter that also ended in Frances favour but very nearly resulted in war between France Britain and
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