However, there was one single event, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, which started a chain of events leading to war.
Alliances and Politics In the years leading up to the war, the nations of Europe were constantly jockeying for power and making alliances.
As a result, two nations going to war could bring all the countries within the alliance system to war. Imperialism is the policy of taking control of foreign lands for their resources.
The alliances were formed to promote peace, making it unpractical to go to war as a country would have to face more than its initial enemy. Imperialism was practiced greaty in Europe as Great Britain, France, and Germany had need of foreign resources to fuel their industries. France and Britain resolved their differences but there was still a dispute between Germany and Great Britain, as well as France.
Germany felt that this powerful alliance surrounding them posed a real threat to their existence and power in the region.
Imperialism Imperialism is when a country expands its influence and power into a large empire.
Many historians today agree that Germany wanted to start the war.
The German leaders felt that they were being surrounded by enemies (France, Russia) and that war was going to happen eventually.
Tension began to arise as the prospect of fighting between these countries, and their allies, over land ownership became an apparent possibility. Troubles started when Germany took on the task of building a navy to rival Great Britains.
There were many factors that led up to the start of World War I in Europe.