Causes of WWI

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  • Militarism
  • Alliance
  • Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire
  • Allied Powers: France, Great Britain, Russia
  • Imperialism
  • Once Germany improved their army and their navy, other countries followed. Because of this, most of Europe had their own full-scale military buildup.
  • Nationalism
  • When European countries divided, they formed 2 alliances: the Central Powers and the Allied Powers. If one country was attacked, the other nations within that group would be required to help.
  • Assassination of the Archduke
  • Certain countries (mainly Africa) were sought after for their resources, which sparked competition between most European countries. It caused strife between the ones dominating and the dominated.
  • Nationalism caused some European powers to push aside the interests of smaller countries. This caused many problems for smaller ethnic groups who wanted freedom from their foreign rulers.
  • The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand caused Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia. Russia came in and helped Serbia. The chain reaction led to many European countries to get involved in the World War.
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