Wwi Causes Essay

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Aaron Carlson
Period 2 – History III
3/29/10
WWI Essay – Causes of War

Even today, the causes of World War one is still being debated and the great war started 96 years ago and ended 92 years ago. Yet today after so much time the main cause of the war still remains unexposed to this day. What triggered the whole war was the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie of Austria-Hungary on June 28th 1914 by The Black Hand. The assassination happened because of feelings toward the Serbians. The Archduke and his wife were on a parade route in their car during their visit to Sarajevo. Many assassins were lined up to take the kill of the Archduke but all failed, there was one young assassin named Gavrilo Princip. After all the assassins failed, including him, he went to get lunch, the Archdukes car just so happened to take the wrong turn down the street he was on, Gravilo shot and killed both the Archduke and his wife, he ran but was caught later by police, he died on April 28th, 1918 at Theresienstadt in Austria-Hungary. Even though the assassination of the Archduke triggered World War I as a short term cause, one of the long term causes of World War I was Imperialism.

One main cause of the war was imperialism. The increase rivalry in Europe was imperialism and a major cause of the war. The most powerful countries of Europe such as Great Britain, Germany, and France needed the foreign countries and their markets after a mass building and manufacturing caused by the Industrial Revolution. Rivalries of the big powers started in the 1880’s by the race for colonies which made most of Africa and Asia under European control. The race for the worlds resources was big, it was competition for colonies in the world. During this time of competition, alliances were formed around the European nations, you need bigger numbers for defense if attacks were to happen. Those alliances consisted of The Triple Entente with Britain,...
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