The Triple Entente included Britain, France and Russia which was formed in 1907.Each country was heavily armed and each one had reasons for distrusting each other’s countries in Europe.By Germany, Britain and France participating in the naval and army race, they were able to build their navies to their top standard, this lead to the next stage which was Alliances, also their navy’s strength, significance in the war and how it would help them win the war. In 1914 the six most powerful countries in Europe divided into two opposing Alliances (sides/teams).
France wanted Alsace Lorraine back from Germany who was lost in 1871 Franco-Prussian war.
The use of Nationalism gave nations false hope and aggressive to win the war.
The Kaiser felt he needed a bigger navy than Britain to protect its country.
While Britain and Germany built up their navies, the major powers on mainland Europe were also building up their armies.
This is because big armies become potential threats to other countries, other countries started forcing alliances in order to secure land.
Imperialism was a cause because building an empire needs manpower such as an army and a navy to conquer and keep the land that they colonised.Another conference was held and the British and French stood up against Germany once again.France took control of Morocco and Germany was given land in central Africa as an act of compensation. This was a significant cause of World War one because Kaiser was humiliated and could have felt determined to fight Britain and France earlier as an act of Revenge. Militarism could have cause the war due to the naval and arms race.In 1870 the Prussian statesman Bismarck won a war against France, after which he united the many German states into a new and powerful German empire.This all leads to the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand.Britain had regarded France and Russia as its most dangerous rivals at the time.Meanwhile, Britain’s real ally was Japan at the time.The British navy knew the cost of the war would lead to an economic collapse on the enemy.Overall, if countries have a big army, enough resources and a great navy they would be ready for conflict.The alliances system meant that a local conflict could easily result into an intimidating global one.The overall cause of World War was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.