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to support Serbia’s independence. However, Austria-Hungary presented Serbia with an ultimatum, of which Serbia did not accept all demands, leading to Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war. Serbian nationalism continued even when confronted with the face of war. Serbia would refuse the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum, which was the direct and definitive cause of the commencement of World War 1. Had it not been for the significant value of Serbian nationalism, the spark that initially led to the outbreak of World War 1 would have never occurred. The development of nationalism not only created tension between the two originators of World War 1, but also prompted the trigger that led to the commencement of World War 1. Imperialism Another notable cause of World War 1 was imperialism. This was the policy of extending a country’s power and influence through the spreading of colonies around the globe. This was also a great cause of the development of the First World War as competition for colonies between European powers further defined their growing hostility. European powers mostly sought colonies in Far East Asia and Africa, which only intensified competition amongst these dominant nations. A crucial imperialistic event prior to 1914 was the Second Moroccan Crisis. Germany endeavored to gain Moroccan territory thus when France sent troops into Morocco to assist and dissolve a revolt upon the request of the sultan, Germany saw it as a French takeover of Morocco. Germany sent a gunboat to Agadir to intimidate the French into relinquishing Moroccan territory. However, the Germans demanded too much colonial territory, which France
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ASSESSMENT ITEM 2: ESSAY 6 was reluctant to give up. The issue was resolved several months later, when Germany accepted a much smaller portion of land than originally demanded. This undermining of Germany led to supplementary pressure between the Entente Cordiale (England and France) and Germany. As a result of this imperialistic event, the alliance between France and Britain was strengthened and tensions between Germany and the Entente Cordiale were increased, hence setting the foundation of World War 1, as the main contributors of the war were England and France against Germany. Militarism An additional cause of the development for World War 1 was militarism. This theory enforced the belief that a strong military is absolute and necessary for a country to possess. This was also a significant developing cause for the First World War as it assisted in progressing the already substantial tension between England and Germany (Hastings, 2013). In 1906, Britain launched the HMS Dreadnought , which literally meant, “Fear nothing”. This ship’s speed, range, and gun power were more advanced than any other battleship in existence. Since this ship established a new standard for all ships to follow, the naval race was now back at the starting point. Germany then decided to challenge Britain’s battleship and enter into a naval race.
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