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Militarism and Imperialism
Sinking of the Lusitania
Germany modernized its army and navy, Britain felt like they needed to do the same.With that more major powers followed there lead. Imperialism added more fuel to the flame. Britain, France and Germany wanted to share trade and take over colonies such as Asia and Africa.
The sinking of the Lusitania was another cause of wwl and another reason the United States joined the war. In 1915 Germany declared the waters around Britain a war zone.Germany had a new deadly weapon called a U-boat that they used to attack he Lusitania. Over 1,198 dead, 128 Americans were killed.
Another cause of wwl was when the German minister Arthur Zimmermann sent a note to the German minister in mexico suggesting that if the United States entered the war that they should become allies, but instead of it reaching mexico Britain got a hold of it.
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