What Was The Cause Of The First World War Essay

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The flapping of wings of a butterfly can cause tornadoes. Well, this certainly proved true in the early part of the 20th century. A single event was to have catastrophic consequences - a single bullet fired in the balmy summer of 1914 led to the deaths of millions and devastation of a scale never before seen. The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife was critical in setting off the chain of events that led to the First World War. Not only was it a bad day for the Archduke and his family, but also a bad day for Europe. The First World War began just a shade more than a hundred years ago. This war remains one of the most defining conflicts of modern time and changed not only Europe, but the entire world in many ways. Franz Ferdinand (18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914) was an Archduke of Austria-Este, Austria-Hungry and Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia. He was the heir…show more content…
Though the assassination is considered as an immediate cause of the war, several other factors were also responsible for the war. These include include political, territorial and economic conflicts, militarism, imperialism, the growth of nationalism, a complex web of alliances and the power vacuum created by the decline of the Ottoman Empire. Throughout the 19th and early 20th century the Ottoman Empire had lost land in the Balkans to the peoples living there. The great powers, especially Russia and Austria were interested in extending their influence in the region, leading to poor relations between them. At the same time, Slav nationalism was growing, especially in Serbia. Russia encouraged Slav nationalism while Austria worried that this nationalism could undermine her empire. Russia supported Serbia which was very bitter at the annexation of Bosnia by Austria and saw herself as Serbia’s
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