World history/WHME102/World War One causes/Power politics

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Military Alliances leading to World War I (click to enlarge map)

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

  • How did the Treaty Alliance System contribute to World War I?
  • What role did desire for prestige, influence and power play in leading to the war?

Michael Duffy, 'The Causes of World War One', 22 August 2009.

Complete these sentences in WEnotes below, reflecting what you have learned from this reading:

  • One cause of World War I was ...
  • A second cause was...

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