Chapter 27 1st Homework Assignment Read pages 887 to 900. Stop at The Home Front. Look at the WWI power point on my website. The one titled MWH WWI power point. Look at slides 1 through 18. Answer the following questions: 1. How was Bismarck able to make Prussia-Germany “The most powerful nation in Europe?” 2. What were Bismarck’s two main concerns with preserving peace? 3. Why did Bismarck devise a system of alliances? What steps did he take? 4. What caused Germany to create a defensive military alliance against Russia in 1879? 5. Who were the countries involved in the “Triple Alliance?” 6. Who were the countries involved in the “Triple Entente” and what did this do for both England and France? 7. What caused France to create an alliance with Russia? 8. Explain what led to the bitter economic, political and social rivalry between the Germans and the British. 9. How did Nationalism, Imperialism, Militarism cause problems in Europe? 10. Why was the Balkan Peninsula also known as “The Powder Keg” of Europe? Who were the different ethnic groups living in the area? 11. What was the “match” which lit the powder keg in the Balkan Peninsula and ultimately started WWI? Who was involved? Explain what happened. 12. Explain how the diverse Alliances in Europe fell into place after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Be prepared to discuss and write about the causes of WWI.