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Over many decades historians have been debating over who caused the outbreak of World War 1 Numerous historians argued that Germany was the cause of the war Britain had a major part in the war or Austria-Hungary stared the war Nevertheless they can all agree that Russia had big role in the years leading up to the War Russias leading role in the outbreak stems from her foreign policieswith other great powers such as France Germany and Great Britain Also her strong support for nationalism is one of the underlying cause of the war while Russias imperialism is slowly being left behind with the modernization of weapons There is no doubt that Russia had to make some difficult choices and sacrifices when choosing her allies and for entering war for the right reasons Russia has done many actions which led many to believe that she was the cause of the outbreak of World War1 In the 1900s Russias foreign policies set the stage for her partnership when she entered the war According to Martel after 1856 Russias foreign policies became more realistic for its concern for security its state and less concerned for principles such as orthodox rights and monarchial solidarity p36 This meant that Russia became more worried about her safety from other countries and to protect herself she created new foreign policies that would be able to help her when she is most vulnerable When the British decided to sign an alliance with Japan on January 30th1902 Russia responded with a new version of their alliance with France Russia responded to the Anglo-Japanese alliance by signing a new version of their alliance with France On March 20th 1902 a joint declaration was issued announcing in effect that the two would co-operate if a third party Japan threaten their interests by endangering the integrity of China Martel p 53 Russia and France became known as the Dual Alliance which would meanthat
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