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Germany was competing with the UK to build battleships. The British feared an attack on their Empire.

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2 Germany was competing with the UK to build battleships. The British feared an attack on their Empire

3 Germany was competing with Russia and France to expand their armies. The size of Germany and France’s armies doubled between 1870 and 1914.

4 By 1914 all the major powers were linked by a system of alliances. The alliances made it more likely that a war would start. Once started, the alliances made it more likely to spread.

5 All the great powers were competing for colonies / territory. The British feared Germany in Africa. The Austrians feared Serbia / Russia in the Balkans

6 This was an age when all nations wanted to show their their power and independence. Serbia’s national flag

7 e.g. Kaiser Wilhelm II Built up German army and navy Determined to make Germany a top nation. Distrusted by other powers “Germany must have its place in the sun” “The world belongs to the strong.”

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13 1838- Britain had signed a Treaty to protect Belgium. Did not want Germany to defeat France and dominate Europe. Britain next? Britain issued ultimatum to Germany to withdraw troops from Belgium. War declared August

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