Notes 2.21.08 - o Germany wanted their colonies • Germany...

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Fear of War Drafts Buildups of military defenses Money problems o Raising taxes, debt spending Benefits of War Unites a country that is fighting with itself (ex. Austria-Hungary) Russia thought a limited war would bind their multi-ethnic country Alliances Idea created by Germany – The Triple Alliance (Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, and later the Ottoman Empire) Russia-Austrian conflict / France-Germany conflict results in a Russia-France alliance Britain – French had been rivals for centuries and typically had good relations with Germany During this period everyone felt military and economic power went hand-in-hand o Traditionally shown through colonial acquisitions o By this time colonialism was only for status, not economics
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Unformatted text preview: o Germany wanted their colonies • Germany was sick of Britain rubbing their success in their face • Germany builds up a big (unnecessary) navy – Britain was the only other navy in the North Sea – Britain saw this as a direct challenge • Germany had already surpassed Britain economically • Triple Entente – Britain, France, and Russia • The connections between the superpowers would mean that all would have to get involved in the fight if war broke out Trigger of WWI o June 28, 1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated o France vs. Germany – a line of fortifications was drawn across Europe until it was split...
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