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Which of the following was the most important cause of World War One: Alliances, Empire, Arms race and the assassination?

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There is no objective way to determine which of these factors was the most important in bringing about the start of World War I.  All of the factors had an impact and it is not possible to accurately measure each of these impacts.  I would argue that the most important overall factor was the desire for empire and power.  This desire caused alliances to form.  Once the alliances were formed and the various countries were completely suspicious of one another, the assassination could ignite the powder keg and cause the war to begin.

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Which of the following was the most important cause of World War One: Alliances, Empire, Arms race and the assassination

All these details actually came together to cause ww1 and I wouldn;t say one was necessarily the main cause, but if i had to choose, I would say the alliances was one of the biggest cause. My reason is because ww1 could have been a small war between 2 countries and could have been left like that; but the alliance system led to the belief that one country had to stand up for the other, and that attacking one country would mean attacking the other. As a result this led to a domino effect. One country got hit and the others joined to defend their allie, and the war got bigger than it should have been. If the alliance system wasn't in place than the war would not have been as big of a war, and maybe it could have been stopped at the beginning stages.

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