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Why did Germany enter World War I, and who were Germany's allies?

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Germany's allies during World War I were Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. These formed the Central Powers and were opposed by the Allies, or the Entente, composed principally of Great Britain, France, the Russian Empire, and (later) the United States.

Though the evaluation of World War I as an imperialist war can be criticized as simplistic, I believe it is the best way of understanding what the war was really about and the deeper causes of it. The immediate cause of hostilities was the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, by a Serbian nationalist in June of 1914 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, which at that time was a territory of Austria-Hungary.

Serbian nationalists, allegedly backed by Russia as part of a pan-Slavic movement, regarded Bosnia as part of their homeland and wished to free it from Austrian control. The belief on the part of the Austrians that Russia was behind the assassination led to a declaration of war....

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