Long-term causes of war
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Historians argue that there were four long-term causes of World War I: nationalism, imperialism, militarism and alliances. Nationalism is the belief your country is better than others. It made nations assertive and aggresive. "Look at me." Imperialism is the desire to conquer colonies. It brought powers into conflicts. France and Britain had large empires. Germany wanted theirs to be even bigger. Militarism is where military matters influence a countries policy, which makes them build up their armed forces. This makes countries feel threaten and compete to have the biggest forces. Alliances divided Europe into two armed camps. In 1882 Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy formed the Triple Alliance. This worried France, Britain and Russia. So by 1907, they had all joined the Triple Entente. These alliances would later force them into a World War.
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