The Debate on the Origins of World War I

Getting Started

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Example Keywords & Catalog Subject Headings

World War I 1914-1918
Triple Entente
Triple Alliance
July Crisis
Balkan Wars

Database/Online Resources

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Internet Sources

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An overview of six causes that led to World War I.
A look at how colonialism aided in the tensions leading up to the war.
From the National Archives of the United Kingdom. A brief overview of the main causes of WWI with a focus on Britain.
A timeline of events leading up to WWI and beyond.
An article from the Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences focusing on the Balkan Wars and the impact on international relations before WWI.

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