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Four Causes of WWI
This set defines and gives examples of the 4 M.A.I.N. causes of WWI: Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, & Nationalism.
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Policy of glorifying military power, buildup of military strength within a country, and keeping an army prepared for war.
Agreement between 2 or more countries to help each other out in war.
Policy in which a strong nation seeks to dominate other countries politically, socially, and economically.
Doctrine that ones national culture and interests are superior to any other and the peoples willingness to sacrifice for it.
Example of Alliances
The following countries agreed to defend each other:
-Russia and Serbia
-Germany and Austria-Hungary
-France and Russia
-Britain and France and Belgium
-Japan and Britain
Example of Militarism
By 1914, Germany had the greatest increase in military buildup. Great Britain and Germany both greatly increased their navies.
Example of Imperialism
European countries fought to gain control of Africa and parts of Asia. They wanted the raw materials these areas could provide. This also increased the competition between European countries to establish thew greatest empires.
Example of Nationalism
Slavic peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina no longer wanted to be part of Austria Hungary but instead be part of Serbia. In June 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated Archduke Ferdinand and his wife while they were in Sarajevo, Bosnia which was part of Austria-Hungary.
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