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Why Did the First World War Break Out?

Summary: Although many factors may have played a role in causing World War I, no one factor can be singled out. Long-term factors included growing tensions between France and Germany, the shared European desire for a large empire, and a growing arms race in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. These factors may have contributed to the forming of alliances, which in turn may have deepened resentment between European nations and made war much more likely to occur.
There are many factors, which could have caused the First World War. Some are long-term factors, and others are short-term factors, or triggers. Some of these factors are linked.

Firstly, tension had been building in Europe since the nineteenth century. I think one of the most important of these long-term factors was the resentment between France and Germany. This was mostly due to a war between France and Germany, which the French had lost. France now harboured a desire for revenge, and to reclaim the lost provinces of Alsace and Lorraine.

Another long-term factor is the shared European desire for a large empire. There had been a lot of tension over the division of Africa. There were several disputes caused by the nature of this division.

Tension began to increase after 1900. This was for several reasons. Firstly alliances had been formed. Two main alliances had emerged in Europe...

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