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World War I was a result of the economic and political tensions and ambitions of the Great Powers of Europe at the beginning of 20th century In the period between 1871 and 1914 the war between these countries was avoided only by the help of diplomacy and concessions However in 1914 diplomacy could no longer solve the conflicts between the nations The rivalry began in 1871 when Prussia Germany defeated France in the Franco-Prussian war Since then France and Germany were constant enemies The division of Europe in two camps was too a major issue in the cause of the WWI In 1882 Austro-Hungary Germany and Italy formed the Triple Alliance with which they stated that in time of war they will defend each other When in 1888 William II became the new Kaiser of Germany he decided that he will make Germany a sea power comparable in size with that of Britain And by 1897 he had increased his sea navy and thus made German the second biggest sea powering Europe Britain feared that Germany will become too strong on sea so it too increased its navy by the start of the Dreadnought In the year 1905 and again in 1911 Germany questioned Frances authority in Morocco by declaring Morocco a free country Britain interfered and made Morocco a French province thus avoiding the war between Germany and France By the year 1907 France Russia and Britain were already concerned by the triple alliance between Austria-Hungary Germany and Italy because together they formed a dangerous enemy in times of war So France Russia and Britain decided to form the Triple Entente not so to help each other in time of war but to encircle the Triple Alliance Thus the complete division of Europe was finished The event that actually triggered the so avoided war was the killing of the heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne - Franz Ferdinand by a young Serbian organization Black Hand
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