How did nationalism, alliances, imperialism, and military build-ups contribute to the start of World War I? What alternative solutions could have been used to prevent the war beginning (based on historical evidence)?
Alliances- Countries felt loyal to one another so if one was in trouble then the others would come and help out. Nationalism- To prove that their country is the best. Imperialism- many European countries sought more expansion Military- Strong military force. WWl could have been prevented since the German support from Austria-Hungary. The "triple alliance" of Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Italy was predicated on mutual defense, not on mutual aggression - this is what allowed Italy to abstain from the early phases of the war and eventually to join the Entente Powers.