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How did World War I turn into a Global War?

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megan-westerf... | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM via web

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How did World War I turn into a Global War?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 4, 2012 at 10:34 PM (Answer #1)

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There are three ways in which this happened.  

First, it happened because of the fact that there were far-reaching alliances on both sides.  That meant that a dispute between Austria-Hungary and Serbia could draw in Russia and Germany and France and Britain.

Second, it happened because of the fact that many of these combatants had empires.  The fact that the French had an African empire, for example, meant that many soldiers were brought from Africa to participate in the war.  This is also why Australians and New Zealanders ended up fighting in Turkey.

Finally, it happened because various countries hoped to benefit from fighting.  This is, for example, why a country as far removed from Europe as Japan got into the war on the side of the Allies. 

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