The "scramble for Africa" best illustrates what cause of World War I?

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Jan 7, 2018

Imperialist expansion and competition.


The scramble for Africa describes the increasingly fervent competition of European powers to secure territories in Africa for raw materials and symbols of imperial power at the beginning of the 20th century. Countries such as Britain and Portugal had been there for centuries but others such as Belgium (Congo) and Germany (South West Africa) were much more recent players. Such rivalry in Africa reflected the growing imperial rivalry between the European powers which was one of the major reasons for World War 1.