In conclusion, there were many other key factors, which played a large part in the build up to WWI, and imperialism was one of them.
However, imperialism was not the key factor and the defining cause of world war one and only played a part to a certain extent.
Germany and Britain had a naval race as Britain was producing and in turn Germany started doing the same.
Britain had a law stating that Britain’s navy had to be two times greater than that of any two countries navies combined.
This showed that the Kaiser was pushing already rocky relations with Britain further in order to become the number one empire in Europe and hence gain power and superiority, shifting the balance of power in Europe.
This led to Britain’s hostility towards Germany and in turn its willingness to go to war in 1914. Introduction To what extent was Imperialism the key cause of World War One ?The 19th century was witness to some incredibly powerful and far reaching change.By the late 19th century not only had the geo-political face of Europe radically changed, but the forces of Nartionalism, Imperialism and Militarism were influencing events that would ultimately lead up to the outbreak of the Great War.Imperialism can be defined as 'the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies'.France had sent in troops to Morocco in order to help the Sultans government, however, Germany saw this as a threat to Moroccan independence and sent in a naval boat; the to Agadir.Germany then demanded compensation from France in the form of the entire French Congo.However, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June 1914 was the trigger of the war – the immediate cause.It led to Austria-Hungary seeking an opportunity for the decline of Serbian nationalism. The assassination and the events that followed were known as the July Crisis.Other major factors such as the alliance system played a bigger role in bringing about World War One.For example, the creation of the Triple Alliance between Italy, Austria-Hungary and Germany in 1882 led to Russia being excluded and eventually joining a ‘dual entente’ with France whom later joined up with Britain to form the Triple Entente in 1907.