Though most historians consider the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary the most immediate cause of WWI, or the rise of Germany to be the main cause since they signed the Versailles Treaty (Doc 4), many agree that the war was not caused by just one thing. Instead, it was caused by a concept instead of specific people or countries. It seemed that everyone, during this time period, had started to increase their military power and defense systems. Therefore, World War I was caused by two things: the fear these countries had of losing their power, and the big toll that European Imperialism took international relations.
World War I, also known as the first World War, or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe the began on the 28th of July 1914 and lasted until the 11th of November 1918. World War I was a war that was fought between two sides with a few of the World’s greatest Nations of that time. The two sides were Triple Entente which included Britain, France, and Russia, and the Triple Alliance which was consisted of the countries Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. World War I left a mark on history as we know it, what could have possibly led to that war?, What were the underlying causes of World War I?. The major causes of “The Great War” or WWI consist of four long-term causes and one short-term cause. The common acronym that’s used for the four long-term causes to help students remember the causes of WWI is M.A.I.N; the acronym stands for Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, and Nationalism,and the short-term cause The Assassination of the ArchDuke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo on the 28th of June 1914. To put all of this in a simpler way the five major causes of WWI was Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism, and the assassination of the ArchDuke Franz Ferdinand. Each of topics played a significant role in the reasons why WWI would begin.
What actually started the war was the alliances between countries. Countries in Europe formed alliances with each other (e.g., Russia, Britain, and France in the Triple Entente and Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy in the Triple Alliance) (Doc A). The countries in the Entente all blamed Germany for the war and felt the need to intervene (Doc B). Germany was backing up Austria-Hungary and Russia was backing up Serbia whom were in a spat. Which lead to invasions and more friends of these countries joining the war to aide them.
However militarism is also an important underlying event in World War I. The warfare great increased. In the beginning of the war soldiers used gun powered guns at the end they used tanks and machine guns. “Great Britain spent the greatest percentage on its navy” according to Document C of “Cause of WWI Mini-Q” Great Britain's army spent about $90 million at the beginning of the war in 1914. At the end of the war countries have spent more than expected. Countries spent more because the warfare became more expensive since it's wasn’t just cannons and gunpowder
Militarism was one of the causes of World War I. Militarism is a belief of the government or the people that a country there is a massive military build up among many european nations. Germany had an industrialized military and nation. Germany had spent a couple of millions to help improve their military to make it sufficient for war. In doc. C it states that Germany seemed to be very confident in winning the war, “ You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees.” However, Germany had time to industrialize their military, while other nations had to rush to industrialize their military. Militarism was a huge factor in the cause of WWI.
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
On the 28th of July 1914, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the war was then determined the First World War. There were 4 other long-term causes of the First World War, those causes were militarism, imperialism, nationalism and the alliance system. Here is why militarism was a long-term cause of the First World War.
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand is what lead to the immediate beginning of the war. Franz Ferdinand was in line to be the next heir to the Austria-Hungarian throne. He was later shot to death along with the wife during a visitation to Sarajevo in 1914. A Serbian group, known as the Black Hand, was blamed on for the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. This event lead Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia for the assassiantion, which led to the beginning of World War 1 (History.com Staff,2009). Other WW1 analysts believe that there might be no single reason that can be attributed for the main cause of the war. These WW1 analysts think that the war might have started as a result of several other factors that lead to the buildup of WW1. These factors could included the development of militarism, imperialism, and nationalism. These factors contributed heavily to create the conflicts that led to the beginning of WW1.
The assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist is probably the most immediate cause of World War 1. When Ferdinand was assassinated, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, who had an alliance with Russia. When Russia began to mobilize its troops to protect Serbia from Austria-Hungary, Germany, (who was allied with Austria-Hungary) declared war on Russia. In turn, France, allied with Russia, joined the war against Germany. When Germany attacked France through Belgium, it drew Britain, allied with France and Belgium, into the war against Germany. After a while, other countries
The pent up energy that was then present could have all been unleashed in an instant these countries were stuck in a stale mate and could both see that war was not the best plan of action. So for war to break loose not much was needed and the assassination of archduke Ferdinand was the smoking gun that sounded the beginning of World War 1. Therefore, the newly formed alliances, energy pent up preceding the war from the hostility and formation of the alliances as well as the assassination of the archduke Ferdinand were the three main causes for World War
The Great War killed around thirty-seven million civilians and military casualties. The war was a military conflict including almost all the largest powers in the world. It was a war between two opposing alliances, The Triple Entente (Allies) and The Triple Alliance (Central Powers). The main countries in the Triple Entente were Russia, France and Britain. The Alliance powers consisted of Germany, Turkey (also known as the Ottoman Empire), Austria Hungry and Italy. After five assignation attempts, on June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a member of a Serbian Nationalist group, assassinated the next king of Austria-Hungry, Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in Bosnia. One major reason for why World War One occurred was due to the difference over foreign policy between major world powers hence the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. On July 28, 1914, Austria declared war on Serbia as they only gave nine out of ten demands made in the ultimatum from Austria thus bringing all the alliances together. This assassination is what triggered what is now known as World War One, making it spread from 1914 to 1918. World War One was a military conflict among great powers of the world. Most European countries had the capacity of motive and means to engage and were willing to take part in the First World War. The four main causes of World War One consist of Militarism, Alliances, Nationalism and Imperialism.
“They fought together as brothers¬in¬arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation” (Admiral Chester A. Nimitz). The Great War also known as World War 1 began in 1914 and ended in 1918. There were many causes leading up to this war. Some of the causes were: militarism which made sure that there was an army/navy prepared for war. Alliances allowed countries to work together as one. Imperialism was a way that countries seeked to dominate others. Nationalism was a belief that one remained loyal to their country. On June 28th, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated. The same day Austria¬Hungary. Shortly after, other countries became a part of the war because there were countries that were in alliance with those who started the war. The main underlying causes of World War 1 were Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, and Nationalism.
Franz Ferdinand can be said to be the reason that WWI happened. An archduke, he was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire. Ferdinand, with his wife, decided to make an inspection of troops in the capital of Bosnia. While there, a Sebrian terrorist group of seven, The Black Hand, was going to try to assassinate him. The first two assassins were unable to kill him, but the third was able to throw a grenade that landed under the car in which they were traveling in. Although it did not injure him or his wife, Sophie, it did harm some of his attendants. After this point, no one knows for sure what happens. Some say he went
The first reason for the eruption of World War I was militarism. Militarism is the act of building up armies for threats against other countries – taking over new territory – and protection from other countries who decide to invade. In the 1900’s, the two