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mwaisala | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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Everyone learns in history class that the assassination of Austria's Archduke was the deliberate cause of WWI. But other factors such as militarism and nationalism added fuelt o the fire.  It is just too complex for mere posting but can lead to a great discussion.

your right sir, only assassination of Archiduke, and natinalism.

 

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Everyone learns in history class that the assassination of Austria's Archduke was the deliberate cause of WWI. But other factors such as militarism and nationalism added fuelt o the fire.  It is just too complex for mere posting but can lead to a great discussion.

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The immediate cause of World War I was the 1914 assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. This murder of one man and his wife, however, was a small spark that caused a forest fire. The other, more fundamental causes of World War I are far more complex and one most go back years in history before World War I to understand them fully.

I usually use an acronym to remember these causes of World War I: MINA. It's silly, but can be effective.

Millitarism

Imperialism

Nationalism

Alliances

The militarism of countries, mostly in Europe and also include Japan, caused them to build up their armies and arsenals, gearing them up for a very destructive and widespread war. Imperialism caused the major world powers to view each other as rivals for more territory, a strong incentive to go to war. Nationalism also caused countries to be more competitive and hungry for more power. Finally, secret alliances made by countries before the war led to the involvement of many countries, putting the "world" in "world war."

For example, Germany and Austria's alliance led to Germany's involvement in the war when a conflict developed between Austria and Serbia. Serbia and Russia's alliance led to Russia's participation in the increasingly complicated conflict. Britian and France entered the war when Germany attacked their ally, Belgium.

The United States entered the war a few years later due to German aggressions against American ships.  

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