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Alliances and the buildup to the First World War diplomatic simulation role play
© www.teachithistory.co.uk 2014 22109 Page 1 of 9 You are going to represent
Great Britain
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It is 1914 and Europe is in turmoil. Most countries have been building up their armies and naval fleets in readiness fora war they believe is coming sooner or later, following a series of 'minor' conflicts overland, border disputes, assassinations and conquests of smaller neighbours.
Britain’s empire is the largest in the world, covering around a quarter of the globe. Your power and prestige are tied to maintaining this empire and to do this you also have huge naval fleet. You have viewed
Germany’s attempt to buildup its own navy with huge suspicion You know that any day now there is going to bean almighty fight. In order not to lose out when this conflict occurs, you need to make strong alliances with countries that can protect you from your enemies.


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