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Study Guide: The Causes of World War One
An introduction to the relevance of the topic.
The "Big Brother House"
The tensions between the major powers prior to World War One are outlined using the scenario of a shared house in this worksheet.
The Assassination at Sarajevo
The spark which started World War One. What happened?
Austria v. Serbia: Imperialism and Nationalism
The assassination at Sarajevo was merely the flashpoint of a much deeper conflict between Serbia and Austria, as explained here...
Russia v. Germany: Personal Misunderstandings and the "Willy-Nicky" Correspondence
Russia and Germany were dragged into the crisis party as a result of personal misunderstandings between the rulers of the two countries...
The Alliance System
The misunderstandings between the Kaiser and the Tsar were largely the result of tensions created by their rival alliance systems...
France v. Germany: Colonial and Economic Rivalry
France had joined an alliance system against Germany because of colonial rivalry with the Kaiser...
Britain v. Germany: The Arms Race
Britain had joined an alliance system against Germany because of an arms race with the Kaiser...
The July Crisis
The overall result was the July Crisis and the outbreak of World War One.
Manic Miner Game
Causes of World War One
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Events (950 years ago today): 1066 - The Battle of Stamford Bridge marks the end of the Viking invasions of England.
Births (250 years ago today): 1766 - Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, French general and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of France (d. 1822)
Births (200 years ago today): 1816 - Georg August Rudolph, German lawyer and politician, 3rd Mayor of Marburg (d. 1893)
Births (150 years ago today): 1866 - Thomas Hunt Morgan, American biologist, geneticist, and embryologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1945)
Births (100 years ago today): 1916 - Jessica Anderson, Australian author and playwright (d. 2010)
Births (50 years ago today): 1966 - Stanislav Bunin, Russian pianist and educator
Deaths (950 years ago today): 1066 - Tostig Godwinson, English son of Godwin, Earl of Wessex
Deaths (0 years ago today): 2016 - Jose Fernandez, Cuban Baseball Player (b.1992)
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