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Thread: WW 1 : A Culmination of Imperialist Rivalries???

  1. #1 WW 1 : A Culmination of Imperialist Rivalries??? 
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    Hey,
    I recently got stuck with a history project on--

    WW 1 : A Culmination of Imperialist Rivalries

    I am not much of a history person and am stuck with this stupid project.
    Learning about wars and stuff is so not my cup of tea since I always find no logic in them and end up debating on why they shouldn't have taken place rather than digesting the facts.

    This project is extremely important as it holds a lot of marks for my 9th grade assessment.

    Could someone please explain to me what the topic means (cos I really don't get what it means.. hell, i don't even know what imperialism is) & provide an underlying essence of it.

    Any websites, bk suggestions which might be useful?

    Thanks.


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    WW1 had a lot to do with Colonialism, hence colonial powers = imperialists. Neocolonialism is also imperialism.
    From dictionary.com--imperialism: The policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations.

    The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a group of radical Slavs seeking independence from Austria was really a front for years of built up animosity between Allied and Central powers.

    I suppose the topic sentence is asking about the relationships between nations involved. For example, how tensions between the British Empire and Germany, Austria-Hungary, or the Ottoman Empire led to all out war.
    Russia in this period is stock full of internal historical significance. Abdication of Czar Nicolas, the Bolshevik revolution and the resulting armistice between Germany and Russia-- leaving 160 German divisions free to fight on the western front (Ludendorff offensive).

    I'd focus on relationships between France/UK and Germany/Austria/Turks.
    The US played a small part in WW1, and didn't preform very well.

    WW1 is a huge subject with numerous interconnected relationships (Austria invades Serbia, Germany invades Belgium..etc...) It's quite complicated, but it's not stupid. This type of information is essential to a well-rounded historical perspective.

    For websites, wikipedia is always a must.


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