The Causes Of World War I

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A Historical Analysis of the Causes of World War I

(187)The initial causes of World War I can be defined through the problematic issues of late British Imperialism during the Boxer rebellion in 1900. Many Chinese citizens had become rebellious to German imperialism, which allowed Kaiser Wilhelm II to send the German East Asia Squadron to quell the uprising. This action forced the Great Powers, such as Great Britain and Russia, to also send troops to stop the rebellion. Due to the rising power of the German navy and military, it became evident that a European arms race had laid the foundation for conflict between Germany and England: “An official visit to the German shipyards at Kiel and Wilhelmshaven convinced the Admiralty that Kaiser’s naval preparations were aimed at England, and England alone” (Herman 481). More so, the Kaiser promoted a strict form of German nationalism that galvanized the military industrial complex to build an army that would dominate Europe. This blend of German imperialism, nationalism, and militarism were the major underlying causes of World War I. Certainly, Britain and the rest of Europe competed with Germany to dominate Europe and colonial outposts throughout the world. The rise of German nationalism was a major contributor to World War I by creating a sense of pride and unique regional identity for the government and the military. One aspect of German nationalism was based on the racial superiority of Germans in comparison to other…

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