World history/WHME102/World War One causes/Imperialism, capitalism and war

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Read the below article. As you do so, consider the following questions:

  • What role did diplomats and political leaders play in the lead up to the war, and could they have averted war?
  • Why was it commonly believed the war would be short?

Wallace Mills, 'Imperialism, Capitalism and World War I'.

Ideology has been identified as one of the factors that led to World War One. How important do you think ideologies such as imperialism, nationalism and capitalism were in contributing to the outbreak of war? Post your thoughts on our OERu course forum on this topic: Ideology and World War One.