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1 Objective: To analyze the causes of World War I.

2 Causes of World War ICauses of World War I - MANIAMANIA ilitarism ilitarism – policy of building up strong military forces to prepare for war llianceslliances - agreements between nations to aid and protect one another ationalismationalism – pride in or devotion to one’s country mperialism mperialism – when one country takes over another country economically and politically ssassinationssassination – murder of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand MANIA

3 What caused World War I, and why did the United States enter the war? In 1914, nationalism, militarism, imperialism, and entangling alliances combined to drag Europe into a world war. The United States attempted to remain neutral but abandoned its long tradition of staying out of European conflicts.

4 Militarism, combined with nationalism, led to an arms race. Nations stockpiled new technology, including machine guns, mobile artillery, tanks, submarines, and airplanes.

5 Triple Entente: Triple Alliance: Germany Austria-Hungary Italy Great Britain France Russia Causes of World War I - Alliances Tension

6 Nationalism…………. Pride and devotion to your country, it’s beliefs and causes………you would fight to defend it!!!!!!!!

7 Imperialism: European conquest of Africa

8 Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie Sarajevo, Bosnia - June 28 th, 1914. Causes of World War I - Assassination


10 The assassination triggered a chain of events that drew two sets of allies into a bloody conflict. On June 28, 1914, Serb nationalists assassinated the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke, Francis Ferdinand.

11 Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed in Bosnia by a Serbian nationalist who believed that Bosnia should belong to Serbia. Archduke Franz Ferdinand Causes of World War I - Assassination

12 Gavrilo Princip after his assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Causes of World War I - Assassination

13 The Point of No Return: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Austria blamed Serbia for Ferdinand’s death and declared war on Serbia. Germany pledged their support for Austria -Hungary. · example of Pan-German nationalism Russia pledged their support for Serbia. · example of Pan-Slavic nationalism

14 The Point of No Return: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Germany declares war on Russia. France pledges their support for Russia. Germany declares war on France. Germany invades Belgium on the way to France. Great Britain supports Belgium and declares war on Germany.

15 World War I Allied Powers: Central Powers: Great Britain France Russia Italy Germany Austria-Hungary Ottoman Empire

16 Europe’s alliance system caused the conflict to spread quickly, creating two main combatants. Central Powers included Germany and Austria-Hungary. Allied Powers included Britain, France, Russia, and Serbia.

17 Germany invaded Belgium, a neutral country, to attack France. The German advance was stopped about 30 miles from Paris. The war bogged down as both sides dug a long series of trenches, creating the Western Front.

18 Neither side could overcome the other’s defenses, and a stalemate quickly developed. The era’s deadly defensive weapons made attacks difficult and dangerous.

19 Many Americans favored one side or the other. As the war dragged on in Europe, President Wilson urged Americans to remain neutral. The United States had a long tradition of staying out of European conflicts. Yet one-third of Americans had been born in a foreign country and still identified with their homelands.

20 Isolationists Favored staying out of the war Interventionists Favored fighting on the Allies’ side Internationalists Wanted the U.S. to play a role for peace but not fight U.S. public opinion fell into three main groups.

21 Early in the war, the British navy had set up a blockade of Germany. Britain’s goal was to intercept contraband goods. In defiance of international law, Britain also prevented non-contraband goods, such as food and gasoline, from reaching Germany. Germany responded by trying to blockade Britain.

22 German U-boats torpedoed ships bound for Britain. On May 7, 1915, a U-boat sank the British passenger ship Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, killing many Americans.

23 Americans were angry about the Lusitania. Germany failed to keep its promise to not sink any more passenger ships. President Wilson still wanted peace, but he began to prepare for the possibility of war. In 1916, Congress expanded the army and authorized more warships.

24 The Zimmermann Note was intercepted. In this telegram, Germany tried to forge an alliance with Mexico against the United States. Germany returned to a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare, sinking any ship headed for Britain. Two events in 1917 led President Wilson o ask Congress to declare war on the Central Powers.

25 On April 2, 1917, Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Congress responded with a declaration of war on April 6, and the United States entered World War I.

26 Section Review Know It, Show It Quiz QuickTake Quiz

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