The Great War And How Did America Become Involved?

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Elizabeth, Kiselev
“What was the Great War and how did America become involved?”

The Great War was a global war originating in Europe that began in July 28th 1914, and ended November 11th 1918. The war was mainly between the United Kingdom, France, and the Russian Empire fighting against the central powers of Germany, and Austria-Hungary. America didn’t join the war until April 1917, because the United States was unprepared for its entrance into the First World War. The hopes for this was when done was to put an end to all the wars, and to have peace. During the war people called it the Great War but shortly after it was over they started to call it World War I, because they knew that it wasn’t going to be the last one, and that there was going to be another.
What started the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. This created a diplomatic crisis that they could not resolve without going into war. Europe formed alliances that would help them if one got attacked. Desire for larger Empires, and growing in competition in the war lead to upsurge in hostilities that helped drive Europe into war. Within a few years before World War I began many European nations initiated stockpiling weaponries, and construction new warships in the arm race. Most of the origin of the war was centered on the longing of Slavic peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina not to be part of Austria-Hungary, but instead be a part of Serbia. The nationalism…

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