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

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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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