01. The Origins of WWI - Short-Term Causes of the War •...

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The Origins of WWI
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The Long-Term Causes of the Great War European Predominance Strains under the surface: social problems; mass politics; cultural pessimism Nation states /competition rather than cooperation/brinkmanship/unfulfilled expectations Nationality Question in Austria-Hungary, Russia and the Ottoman Empires Social Question: tensions associated with liberalization and industrialization
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Unformatted text preview: Short-Term Causes of the War • British-German rivalry: naval competition, economic rivalries; cultural arrogance • Encirclement of Germany • Creation of the Schlieffen Plan: Russia would take at least 6 weeks to mobilize; France would be easily defeated in 6 weeks. Belgium would not resist any German attack. Britain would remain neutral....
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