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Causes of WWI

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Neville Panthaki

Causes of WWI N alliance systems o from the end of the Franco-Prussian War, a system of secret alliances developed in Europe, eventually splitting the continent o because so many different powers were involved in mutual defence agreements, when the war did happen, it involved nearly every country of Europe, out of which many were forced to support the policies, which they didnt really condone o lastly, the secret alliances led to suspicion and the belief that far more secret agreements existed, then was the case N competition o the competition for colonies was another source of international antagonism o the great powers sectioned off Arica among them, established spheres of influence in China and sought protectorates elsewhere o sooner or later this rush to appropriate new treaties was bound to spark some disagreements over boundaries of control N militarism o all the countries within the hostile camps were building large armies and navies during the pre-war years o as a by-product, a class of professional and powerful military officers developed and tended to dominate the civil authorities o in addition, before the conflict happened, the militaries of each country had drawn up complete
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