World War I

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Causes and effects of World War I

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  • In the early 1900s, rivalries and nationalism led to the outbreak of the war.
  • Nationalism is the devotion and loyalty someone has toward their own country. People wanted to prove that their country was better than other countries.
  • Countries formed alliances, or agreements to protect each other's countries. 
  • If one country was attacked, it's allies would help defend them.
  • The soldiers fought in deep trenches. 
  • Trench Warfare is a style of fighting where each side fights from deep ditches dug into the ground.
  • Later, German U-boats started attacking American ships. The Americans warned them to stop, but they didn't stop. 
  • Since the Germans didn't stop, the Americans decided to join the Allied forces. In 1918, the Central Powers surrendered, and Germany had to take blame for the war.
  •  At the end of the war, more than 8.5 million soldiers had been killed.
  • Also, at lease 20 million more were wounded.
  • As a result of the war, the government in Russia became communism, and many countries gained independence.
  • World War I changed the governments and boarders of many countries.
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