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History of Europe

How did imperialism contribute to the start of wwi?


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February 16, 2012 6:53AM

The main European powers, like Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, were colonizing much of Africa and Asia to supply their economies with raw materials for their industries. The desire for territorial expansion and resources fueled intense nationalistic competition between the powers.

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Competition for colonies led to European tensions.