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Direct Causes Of World War 1 Essay

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The direct cause of World War I was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria at Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the Austria-Hungary throne, so the assassination of him was the thing that pushed the button on the ticking time bomb that detonated and caused the war. The Austrians saw the assassination as a perfect reason to make war against Serbia, as Austrians were still upset and bitter over the Balkan Wars. Along with the assassination many other factors contributed to the tension that began the war. The system of alliances meant that if one country was upset by another, then their allied countries were upset too. The crises before 1914 forged alliances between the main countries in the war. The Moroccan Crisis pushed Britain and France to ally together, and Austria and Germany created a strong alliance during the Bosnian Crisis. Austrian and Russian relations were poor over the rivalry they had over the Balkans, which The Triple Alliance consisted of Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary. The Triple Entente consisted of Britain, France, and Russia. Another factor was Militarism, almost all of the countries had increased…show more content…
The battlefield was called ‘No-Man’s-Land’ because no man ever made it out. The trenches were also disgusting. The trenches were full of mud, disease, and death. More than 200, 000 men died during the war and a third of those deaths were caused by disease. The horrible conditions were exemplified in both Indiana Jones and War Horse, both of these movies depict horrible deaths. In the movie War Horse Joey gets tangled in the barb wire and they have to cut him free. Once Joey gets to a doctor they tell the guy taking care of his that he has tetanus, which means any soldier who gets cut by the barb wire was going to get tetanus. It makes me sick thinking about what these soldiers had to go through when they were just trying to help and save other
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