Pride in strong military and economy
Pride in massive overseas empire
Pride in long history as a modern nation
Pride in great artistic and literary achievement
The threat of invasion by Germany had the Austrian people fearful of the future
Increase in levels of poverty among the working class led to bad economy
Increase in nationalism in Europe meant minority groups wanted their own countries
They were afraid that rebellion would make them look weak, and ripe for Ottoman invasion
Creating a peaceful Europe
Maintaining American strength
Rebuilding Central powers' nations
Punishing Germany for their role
They had a lot of negative experiences with Tsar Nicholas II.
They hoped that Russia would become a democratic ally.
They thought that instability would enable them to conquer Russia.
They didn't trust Tsar Nicholas II's loyalty to the Allied powers.
Russia mobilized more quickly than expected.
The German army was not very strong.
The Americans prevented the Germans from attacking.
The Belgians weren't able to withstand the French attack.
Neither side had very good weapons or supplies
The armies waited to see how the battles on the Eastern front worked out
Trench warfare prevented much movement in any direction
Neither side could get through the dense forests of Belgium
A lot of the land that they had lost in the Mexican-American War
Control of French colonies once Allies were defeated
A chance to regain international respect and prestige
Financial and military help in defeating the United States
Strong cultural ties to Germany
Anger over Britain's blockade tactics
Strong cultural ties to Great Britain
Anger over the invasion of Belgium
To defend their cargo ships from German submarines
They planned to go to war against the United States
They planned to go to war against the German navy
To defend their massive overseas empire