Why Did the First World War Break Out in 1914? Essays

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Why did the First World War break out in 1914?

In this essay I will be outlining the key points in why the First World War broke out in 19 14. Many people tend to say "Because Archduke Ferdinand got shot." Still others have blamed it on the increased independence and Imperialism in Hungary to Russia’s growing military. If I had to answer the question myself, the answer would be all of the above, and more. The events from June of 1914 through August of 1914 can be described as one thing leading to another. The chain of events starts with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Some people tend to think that this event was the one total cause of World War One, but that is not the case. The assassination is only one small trigger.
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The last trigger that is thought to make the First World War break out is that of the naval race. The competition to see which country could form the biggest navy. Britain concluded that Germany's desire to increase the size of their navy was to threaten Britain's navy in the North Sea. The British government thought that as an island they needed a large navy and they could not accept any challenges from Germany. As a result, a naval race took place. Both countries spent vast sums of money building new warships and the cost soared when Britain launched a new type of battleship - the Dreadnought. Germany immediately responded by building their equivalent. Such a move did little to improve relations between Britain and Germany. All it did was to increase tension between the two nations. With Europe so divided, it only needed one incident to spark off a potential disaster. Yet again this is an obvious cause that could have triggered the war, this race for a larger navy than anyone else created tension and jealousy. So with the information we have we can tell that this race is included as a trigger to world war one
Overall you can see that there were many different triggers all leading to the explosion of world war one its self. There were two teams fighting for power, for land, for independence. We can see that these triggers were all part of