Inverclyde's war : lessons

Did you realy believe this war would end wars ?

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Inverclyde’s war


In conjunction with
Inverclyde’s war, the History department of Saint Stephen’s High School offer these resources to help with their teaching package.
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Militarism


Britain and Germany had both built up their navies.

France and Russia had both increased the size of their armies.

Nation
1908
1909
1910
1911
1912
1913
Great Britain
$286.7m
$306.2m
$330.4m
$345.1m
$349.9m
$374.2m
Germany
$286.7m
$306.8m
$301.5m
$303.9m
$331.5m
$463.6m
France
$216m
$236.4m
$248m
$277.9m
$307.8m
$363.8m
Russia
$291.6m
$315.5m
$324m
$334.5m
$387m
$435m
Italy
$87.5m
$115.8m
$124.9m
$133.7m
$158.4m
$142.2m
United States
$189.5m
$199m
$197m
$197m
$227m
$244.6m
Japan
$93.7m
$95.7m
$100.2m
$110.7m
$107.7m
$104.6m

Source: Jacobson’s World Armament Expenditure, 1935



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Alliance System


Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy had formed the Triple Alliance.


France, Russia and Britain were all in the Triple Entente.
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Imperialism

The Austro-Hungarian Empire had lots of different nationalities within it. These peoples (Czechs, Poles and Serbs) all wanted to rule themselves.


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Nationalism


Germany was a newly-formed country.

It was jealous of Britain and France and felt she deserved her ‘place in the sun’.