World War 1 World War 1 was not caused by one single event; it was caused by a combination of

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World War 1 World War 1 was not caused by one single event; it was caused by a combination of events. The main causes of World War 1 were Nationalism, Imperialism, Militarism, Mutual Defense Alliances, and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The reason Nationalism was a cause of World War 1 was because Bosnia and Herzegovina no longer wanted to be a part of Austria-Hungary. The Slavic peoples instead were to become part of Serbia. This wasn’t the only form of Nationalism, some European countries wanted to try and prove their dominance and power. Along with this there was a competition for foreign resources. Imperialism is extending control of a nation over foreign lands. Imperialism contributed to the war because countries wanted to…show more content…
Even though these were the main countries that fought; the war included almost every nation. Before the war started alliances existed between Russia and Serbia, Germany and Austria-Hungary, Britain and France and Belgium, and Japan and Britain. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, which got Russia involved. Germany saw Russia and France mobilizing and declared war on Russia and France. Germany attacked France through Belgium which involved Britain. This is what pulled Japan into the war. The United States joined as Russia was leaving. After Russia left they became involved in the Bolshevik Revolution. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk took Russia out of the war. Italy left the Triple Alliances to join the Allies, when they thought that Germany would lose. The most immediate cause of World War 1 was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. Archduke Ferdinand was shot by a man named Gavrilo Princip was a Bosnian Serb. Princip was working with a Serbian anti-Austrian secret society called "The Black Hand" and not only killed Archduke Ferdinand but his Ferdinand’s wife Sophie. Ferdinand was not well liked in Austria. Austria-Hungary, with the back-up of Germany, used this event to punish Serbia. The reason the United States became involved with World War 1 was because Germany sent the Zimmerman Telegram trying to persuade Mexico to attack us in exchange for land. The land offered to Mexico was Texas and

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