8 February 2013
Causes of World War 1
Leaders aggression towards other country's, which was supported by the rising of nationalism of the European nations, lead Europe into the "Great War". Also, the tension by economic and imperial competition played a great role. Nations from across all continents were involved I'm the war and over eight million people were killed. Main causes of the war was the rise of nationalism, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, and the building up of military, alliances, and imperialism.
Archduke Francis Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serbian terrorist, Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914. Ferdinand’s assassination triggered the outbreak of WWI. On July 28th, Austria declared war on Serbia. Austria- Hungary accused Serbia of doing nothing to control groups that were criticizing the Austrian monarchy (Document 3). Russia swore to back up Serbia, but first Russia gained support from France. Germany declared war on Russia on August 1st, 1914. Then Germany declared war on France. When Ferdinand was assassinated the countries who already had conflicts were pulled into the war ( Document 7).
European countries were building and making their militaries stronger before the outbreak of the war. Germany had the best trained army by the late-1800’s. Increasing amounts of money were spent on armaments. Great Britain, France, and Germany increased the amount of money spent on weapons from 1870-1914 (Document 1). Advances in technology helped in making military forces stronger. Weapons, such as machine guns, fired more accurately and rapidly. Sidney Bradshaw Fay, in his book Origins of the World War, stated his beliefs on the causes of World War 1 ( Document 6). He believed that military leaders did certain things which lead to the mobilization and to the declaration of war. He also believed his military leaders failed to do certain things which could have prevented the war ( Document 6)....
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