We are going to study the causes of the First World War. One of them was NATIONALISM. The biggest countries in Europe competed to become the biggest powers in all aspects (military, economic, politic, etc). Complete the table you have been provided (if you loose it I have uploaded the document for you). Then, individually, answer the questions below:
2) a) Which country had the biggest army? b) Which had the biggest navy? c) Can you think of a reasons why these countries kept such large armed forces?
3) Which of the five countries had the strongest industry?
4) Which of the five countries had the largest population?
5) Using the evidence above, which country do you think was the leading world power in 1914? Before deciding on your answer, ask yourself what makes a country strong. Is it the size of its army, its industry, its trade, or is it a combination of all these things?
From: J. Brooman: “The end of Old Europe. The Causes of the First World War, 1914-1918”, Longman 20th Century (History Series), 2008 (22nd edition)