To what extent did the alliance system contribute to the outbreak of World War I, and how do historians interpret its effect in the present?

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Compare the effect of the alliance system on the outbreak of WWI with these effects:
– Militarism
– Nationalism
– Economic Rivalry
– Industrialization
Also, it is very important to link the topic to the course theme which is the 2nd part of the question. In more details, the course is named ‘The idea of the past and the making of the present’ and basically seeks to see how history and its events shapes or changes our interpretations of history itself in our present time. So again, in simple words, the course theme is the ‘history of history’.
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