Imperialism was one of the four contributing factors to the cause of World War One, along with secret alliances, militarism, and nationalism. It is the most important cause of WW1, because it created a build-up of tension in Europe and outside of Europe, and through imperialism, the three other causes were able to affect the beginnings of the war. Imperialism is defined as the governing of one people by another country, which was a recurring dilemma prior to WW1 due to the industrialist movement. Although not all events that fall into the imperialistic category were about controlling another country, they contributed to the war, and imperialistic events were the foundation of the cause of WW1.
World War I was caused by several issues between European powers, the first being militarism, or the huge emphasis placed on having large and strong armies and navies. Germany is an example of militarism in WWI because Germany began competing with the British for having the largest navy in the world, as well as developing new weapons like poison gas and submarines, the latter being a great tool in surprise attacks. Militarism was also associated with the Romanticism of war; Europeans wished to fight so that they could become heros. The constant military build ups in several European countries left countries looking for alliances with other strong countries, in the event that war was to break out. Germany, Italy, and Austria created the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente was comprised of Great Britain, France, and
Imperialism was the outbreak of the First World War l. It set the stage of World War l. The attacks on U.S ships and with the American support for the allies that eventually caused the United States to enter the war. So basically imperialism is one of the reasons why nations go to war.
During the start of the 20th century, Europe was in a good place. It controlled many empires and colonies, and technology was advancing at a rapid pace after the Industrial Revolution (1840-1870). However this peace did not last; 1914 started a brutal four year war known as WWI. The immediate cause of this war is known to be the assassination of the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, in June of 1914. However, there are many more elementary causes of this complicated war. Some of the main underlying causes of WWI was the strong militarism and imperialism felt in the European countries, and the alliances put in place to uphold these powerful militaries and colonies.
Before the start of WWI, there were two major alliances in Europe. The Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary, Germany and Italy, and the Triple Entente with France, Russia and Great Britain. These alliance, along with the extreme feelings of nationalism and militarism, were the main causes of the Great War.
Imperialism is when a country of rich power overtakes a debilitated government. In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s. Imperialism started towards the end of the Industrial Revolution because of the lack of natural materials and resources in their own territory. During the period of imperialism, many European countries created vast empires from overthrowing governments in Africa and the Middle East. France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Portugal were the main countries involved in overtaking territory. An effect from the age of Imperialism was the affection of World War I. Besides the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria/Hungary in 1914 was Imperialism, Imperialism caused conflict over territory. Soon Imperialism was so out of control that the countries were going to war over who they were going to overthrow. Imperialism also had an effect on the warfare during World War 1 because the countries used their claimed land as prime military bases during the war.
With many factors leading to the origin of WWI, alliances contributed the most. This is because alliances dragged different countries into the war due to a binding agreement. As Serbia pulled in Russia and Austria-Hungary had Germany’s support, causing a domino effect with other allies. This means that when two countries are having a disagreement, then many other countries are having a disagreement with one another, due to their alliance. Starting with a conflict of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife Sofia of Austria Hungary, done by a Serbian civilian, created negative sparks between the two countries of Austria Hungary and Serbia. Although this conflict had been just between the two countries, it hauled over their alliances in need of support.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Europe was becoming a tinder box for a possible great war. Every country was extremely determined on spreading their empires. Additionally they began to form alliances, France with England and Germany with Austria-Hungry. Then on June 28th 1914 a Bosnian-Serb nationalist assassinated the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife practically igniting Europe and the world into a massive war. This assassination was viewed as an act of war and Russia came in to assist their ally Serbia. Germany naturally had to declare war on Russia to help Austria-Hungry. France and England then joined in to assist Russia.
The first underlying cause of WWI was Alliances. The Triple Alliance was made up of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy; while the Triple Entente was made up of U.K., France, and Russia. (Document A) The Triple Alliance is surrounded be the Triple Entente, and The Triple Alliance may have felt threatened and also become suspicious. (Document A) When small battles started breaking out, each country was blaming some other country for disrupting the peace. (Document B). This proves that Alliances were a cause of WWI because The Triple Alliance was surrounded by the
he first world war is known by many names; The great war, the war to end all wars or even as simple as World war one. The war originated in Europe and was fought by the Allies and the Central powers. In Document A the Triple Alliance consisted of Germany, Austria Hungary and Italy while the Triple Entente powers were Russia,Great Britain and France .WWI was fought at the Eastern, Western and Italian fronts, but the biggest was the Western Front. The Western Front involved the area of Europe to the west of Germany, including France, Belgium and England. This is where trench warfare became very popular, which is what this war is so infamous for.
Imperialism can be described as the idea of dominating another nation and exerting your control over them. Most of the African and East Asian countries were conquered by the European empires. In 1917, Germany called “England, the bloodsucker of the world” in (Doc F). This shows how imperial countries think of each other and the tension there is between them. Explain the significance of this, how does it relate to your argument In a political cartoon made by Germany, they made an octopus representing Britain, colonizing large portions of the world. The British Octopus with their tentacles and they are all around the world but each tentacle is like its own beak it sucks all the resources available from that territory. This demonstrates the kind of power imperial counties had over the colonial countries and how they highly benefiting themselves throughout the process.revise sentence This caused World War I because as empires competed for the land they were also gaining more power causing tension to a neighboring country, so they would start imperializing for themselves to compete for that land and build their empire. The population of the colonial empires in 1913 was Britain in first with a population of 400 million colonies, France with 56 million, Germany with 12 million, and Russia with 0 that was because they were expanding their
After the Spanish-American war in 1898, America attained much power. The defeat of Spain led the U.S. to the broadening their horizons through international expansion. Seeing how the U.S. rivals had already established overseas empires, the U.S. wanted to emulate. They jumped into action and produced a ‘foreign policy’ giving America the right to build empires in areas such as Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. The american foreign policy of imperialism, exerting military, economic, or political control over weaker nations, was unjustified due to geographic greed for resources, unjustified subjugation, and cultural oppression through white washing.
During the late 19th century, many European countries were seeking to gain power, both in Europe and the rest of the world. In doing so, the Europeans colonized many different areas, including India, North America, and quite notably, Africa. This colonization was part of a process known as imperialism, where the various European nations would each colonize territories around the world, and subsequently used the natural resources, and often times people, in these colonies to fund their empire. This would work towards an eventual goal of possible world domination through an aggregation of power. The Europeans also did not want to cede power to their rivals in Europe, as this could lead to their own country getting conquered and thus losing control of Europe and their bid for heightened power and world domination. As a result, they each conquered territory to both earn money and power for themselves, and keep these from ending up in the hands of their rival nations. European imperialism in Africa was thus driven by economic and political forces, due to the fact that European countries wanted to spread their influence, improve their economies by keeping control of their colonies, and prevent other nations from gaining power in a similar manner.
Imperialism is defined in the dictionary as being a " The policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by establishing economic and political hegemony over other nations" (p 681 American Heritage college Dictionary). Usually people associate imperialism as being the domination of a small country by a larger, more powerful country, usually to the advantage of the larger country. At the beginning of the nineteenth century most of the countries in Europe were involved in imperialism. Each country had it's own motives for wanting to gain an empire and some of the reason were Economic, Political, Religious and Exploitation.
The ideals of Imperialism within the United States caused many benefits to our economy and overall prosperity. The ideals of American imperialism came first from the idea of manifest destiny: coined by John O'Sullivan, manifest destiny was the idea that it was the Americans god given right to seize all lands in the American continent. From this fact alone it's very clear that Imperialism in the late 1800’s took many ideas from the concepts of manifest destiny. The general motives for imperialism were economic, military, political, and ideological in nature. These imperialistic ideals affected many nations and settlements like Guam, China, Japan, and Hawaii. The first conflicts of the Spanish American war began in the spanish owned territory of Cuba. Cuba was acquired by the Spanish in the mid 1600’s when spain was going through their own hyper imperialistic phase of taking many of the islands in the Caribbean and areas in the southwest. With this information it's relevant of the fact that imperialism causes conflicts, specifically with other nations. Spain's imperialistic nature drives them to protect themselves from the U.S. during the cuban uprisings.From this information we can conclude that the rebellions in Cuba were great inspirations to yellow journalistic writers which led to our involvement in their affairs with spain that all eventually led to and caused battles in the philippines and Cuba after the Spanish American War.