The Events Leading For The First World War

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The Events Leading to The First World War
Xavier Theriot

The world war thrown into chaos the day that the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand ushered a war which caused the toppling of four empires and lead to the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians. This paper will attempt to explore and analyze the events that took place leading up to World War I. There are numerous causes of the war, but perhaps the most important causes are mutual defense agreements, the increase in military power, and European imperialism. When two or more countries form a mutual defense agreement, the countries are bound to defend each other in the event that any of the signatories come under attack. The system of defense agreements between various nations in Europe in Asia may be one of the most important reasons for World War I to escalate quickly. These alliances were The Dual Alliance between Austria-Hungary and Germany, The Franco-Russian Alliance between France and Russia, The Triple Alliance between Austria-Hungary, Germany and Italy, and The Triple Entente between Great Britain, France, and Russia (Keegan 1998). One month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. This declaration of war triggered a domino effect with Russia declaring war on Austria-Hungary, Germany declaring war on Russia. Great Britain became involved in the war when Germany attacked
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