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Underlying Causes Of World War 1 Essay

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The 4 underlying causes of the war was imperialism, nationalism, militarism (arms race), and Alliance system, And 1 immediate cause which was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand of Austro-Hungarian empire. The war included Germany, Austria-Hungary, The Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria, Russia, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Serbia, and the United States.

The Immediate cause of the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Archduke and his wife sophie were both shot by a Bosnian Serb Nationalist during a visit to the Bosnian Capital of Sarajevo. The killings sparked the outbreak of WWI by early August. Five years after the death of the Archduke, Germany and the allied powers signed the Treaty of Versailles, which marked the end of the war. The Archduke went to sarajevo to inspect the imperial armed forces in Herzegovina
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The amount of land France and Britain owned led to a rivalry with Germany. Germany sought out to acquire colonies lafter on and only controlled small parts of Africa. In the late 1800’s tensions rose during a fight for Africa, when European powers France, Germany and Great Britain secured the remains of the continent. During this time, imperial rivalry was also present with powerful nationalism.

Militarism was one of the main causes of WWI. “MIlitarism denotes a rise in military expenditure, an increase in military and naval forces, more influenced of the military men were upon the policies of the civilian government, and a preference for the force as a solution to problems”,(google).

Alliance system was one of the causes of WWI. before the war there were only two alliances. When the Archduke of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a group of Serbian nationalists, Austria-Hungary made a many demands for the government of Serbia. One if the alliances was the triple Entente which included Russia, Great Britain, and France. And the other was the triple alliance which included A-H, Germany- and
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