• Complete love of the military. A belief that war is the best way to solve problems. A belief that humans are at their best when they are making war.
– Naval Strength was significant at the time.
– Arms race / competition – Fight to solve problems
• When nations promise to help or defend each other in time of war.
– Groups of friendly countries form – Group v group = big conflict
• When nations conquer other nations and make them colonies or annex them.
– Desire to expand – Competition for colonies
• Great pride in your own nation (patriotism), but also prejudice or hatred against the people and way of life of other nations.
– Wanting independence (own country) – Pride – Superiority – Unification
Look for Causes of World War One in the background Reading.
Where is evidence of underlying causes?
What was the immediate cause?
• Form a circle with your color group. • Rotate the Documents amongst your group members, so that you each have a chance to examine each document.
• Individually, record a summary of the main points of each document, and indicate what cause you think the document represents.
• As a group, discuss the causes and come to a conclusion about what cause you think each document represents.