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Instructor’s Notes: Chapter 28 (Imperialism and World War I) This chapter discusses Europe’s pursuit of imperialism and alliances in the late nineteenth century, and the First World War that followed. The years after 1870 witnessed an  unprecedented growth of European influence and control over the rest of the world.  Europe’s   achievement was made possible by its technological superiority, the  institutional advantages   of the national state and, more intangibly, a certain European  sense of superiority. The most   widespread interpretation for European imperialism has  been economics, but other cultural,   religious, and social interpretations are also  interpreted.   While Europeans built empires overseas, at home they created new systems of alliance.   Bismarck wished to stabilize the new international situation which had arisen from the  establishment of the German Empire in 1871 and to avoid war. Bismarck declared  Germany a satisfied power and he meant it. Between 1871 and 1890, he dominated  Europe’s diplomacy,   successfully weaving a web of alliances to protect Germany and to  isolate France, ever anxious to avenge the Franco–Prussian War. Bismarck managed to  maintain a defensive alliance   with Austria and a neutral agreement with Russia.   Bismarck made Germany a force for European peace. His successor at the helm of  German   foreign policy, however, undid his work. Emperor William II preferred the  glories of colonial   and naval expansion to Bismarck’s limited continental policy. The  chapter goes on to explain  
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