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At eleven oclock this morning came to an end the cruellest and most terrible war that has ever scourged mankind I hope that we may say that thus this fateful morning came to an end all wars David Lloyd George 1863 - 1945 House of Commons 11th November 1918 In this essay I will be looking at World War I and finding why it broke out and who was to blame I will look at alliances plans rivalries and other subjects that would out Firstly a long-term cause of the war breaking out was what is known as The Alliance Systems These were two separate plans drawn up by several different countries to protect each other and in effect prevent war from breaking out However this was rather ironically one of the biggest reasons why the war was not just a small two-country war but the largest scale war ever until 1939 World War II This is because these plans drew up hatred anger and irrational overreacting This is natural human behaviour If you split up a room full of people into two you would find that there would be some form of dislike to the opposite team The two big alliances built up from smaller alliances earlier on as far back as 1879 1879 - The Dual Alliance - Germany and Austria-Hungary 1882 - The Triple Alliance - Germany Austria-Hungary and Italy 1892 - Franco-Russian Alliance - France and Russia 1904 - Entente Cordiale - Britain and France 1907 - Triple Entente - Britain Russia and France As well as these new Alliances past history between France and Germany through the Franco-Prussian War 1870-1870 caused more friction as they were separated again through the Alliance systems As a consequence of the Franco-Prussian War two exceptionally beautiful parts of France Alsace and Lorraine were captured by the Prussians The French were envious of this and they
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