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The Murder of Archduke
System of Alliances
Militarism and Nationalism
I love my Country!
On June 28,1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife , Sophie, made an official visit to Sarajevo. On the day of the visit Several terrorists, trained and armed by a Serbian group, waited in the crowd. Archduke and his wife were killed, This caused a chain reaction. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Germany declared war on Russia and France, Britain declared war on Germany, Dozens of countries took sides.
Another Cause was system of alliances that linked European countries together. This required member Nations to come to one another's aid in case of attack. When conflict started it made everyone choose sides and caused Tension.
Nationalism also created tensions. Nationalism led some European powers to put national interests first, regardless of other consequences for other countries. Militarism was another cause. When Germany modernized its army and added to the navy, Britain felt it had to do the same. Other major powers followed their lead. Soon nations of Europe were in full-scale military buildup.
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