- Free Essays, Term Papers & Book Notes

Causes of World War one

By:   •  Study Guide  •  540 Words  •  March 22, 2009  •  2,418 Views

Page 1 of 3

Essay title: Causes of World War one

Causes of World War One

A. Economic

Imperialism at home and abroad - In one generation

Africa - direct possession (1902: only Liberia, founded by former American slaves remains independent)

Asia and Near East: economic and diplomatic pressure

Economic concessions and extra-territorial privileges: Ottoman Empire - most vulnerable; China - most vulnerable; Japan - modernizing rapidly; India - firmly in British hands;

Importance to Europe: keeps fat on European economy; colonial rule a reproach to democracy; encouraged feelings of national and racial superiority;

"Pan" movements - a form of imperialism

Technology and science: materialism

B. Social

Human welfare: serfdom gone (except in Russia); surgery and anesthetics perfected; life span longer; Victorian middle class morality in decline; spread of literacy.

Peace movements: "pipe dream of peace".

Aristocratic remainders.

Neglect of the proletariat.

C. Intellectual

1. European cultural heritage

2. Ideologies of progress:

conservatism - delaying action not progress (aristocracy)

liberalism - freedom, law, representative government (upper middle class)

radicalism - remove class distinctions, anti-clerical (lower middle class)

socialism - collectivist doctrine (city workers)

new left - syndicalism

D. Political

1. the nation-state: language and race

2. parliamentary government

3. parties:

tied to class and ideology

lack of responsibility

too many of them

4. Differing forms

separation of powers only in the USA

king or president a figurehead in Britain and France

search for majorities in parliament

Britain: the cabinet held the whip

France and Italy: parliament held the whip

5. Extension of the suffrage

6. Exceptions to democratization

Germany: only has external form of it, the Reichstag is a "debating chamber"

Austria-Hungary: maintaining monarchy in polyglot confusion

Russia: a struggle between Duma and Ministry

E. Military

1. popular militarism

Boer War

Continue for 2 more pages »  •  Join now to read essay Causes of World War one and other term papers or research documents
Download as (for upgraded members)
Citation Generator

(2009, 03). Causes of World War one. Retrieved 03, 2009, from

"Causes of World War one" 03 2009. 2009. 03 2009 <>.

"Causes of World War one.", 03 2009. Web. 03 2009. <>.

"Causes of World War one." 03, 2009. Accessed 03, 2009.