World War 1

The causes of World War 1

Militarism, the policy of building up or creating a large military.

Militarism was one of the four MAIN causes of World War 1. They say it was an 'arms race'.

It was because Britain had a large navy, Germany wanted a large navy as well. Germany and France wanted to build bigger navies. They competed against each other.

Alliances, an agreement between two or more countries to help each other out and defend each other.

It was another cause of World War 1. For over twenty years the nations of Europe

had been making alliances. It was thought that the alliances were promoting peace. One the problems of been in an alliance is that if you have an argument or a disagreement with the country you have made an alliance with it may cause them to fight against each other and that's exactly what happened. Austria- Hungary and Serbia. There was a triple alliance with Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy.

Imperialism, A country attempts to extend its power and influences over other countries through diplomacy or military force.

Nationalism, pride in ones country. Extreme nationalism is to believe you're better than other countries/and or people and are willing to defend your country.

It was another cause of World War 1. European nations competed with each other to build bigger armies and navy forces.

Another cause of World War 1 was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. On the 28th of June 1914 in Sarajevo. He was assassinated by the Black Hands which are Serbian nationalist secret society. Austria- Hungary wasn't impressed by Serbia's actions they declared war on Serbia on the 28th of June, 1914. That is one of the many causes that triggered World War 1.

The Australian involvement in the war

Australia's involvement in World War 1 began on the 4th of August when Germany and Britain went to war. Prime Minister Joseph Cook and the opposition Leader Andrew Fisher who were in fact in the middle of a an election campaign, wanted help and support for Britain. Most Australians were greeted with the news and were very excited about it. Many volunteers rushed to enlist themselves for what they called an exciting war which was occurring over Christmas. For Australia and many other nations World War 1 caused a lot of deaths and casualties. From a population of a little bit over five million, 416, 809 men enlisted, over 60,000 were killed, and 156,000 were injured, gased or a taken prisoner.