Causes of WW1

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  • Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
  • Alliances
  • Nationalism & Militarism
  • On June 28, 1914, Archduke Ferdinand and his wife made an official visit to Sarajevo.Several terrorists, armed and ready waited in the crowd. The first assassination did not work, but while the royal couple got further down the road, Gavrilo Princip shot at the car and killed the couple.
  • The murder of the Archduke led to a chain reaction and a global conflict. A system of alliances of the European nations required the members to aid each other when attacked, but when conflict started the ties led to division and created the Central Powers and Allied Powers.
  • Nationalism was a strong feeling of pride or loyalty for one's nation and it led some European powers to put their national interests first. Some nations wanted more land overseas and smaller countries wanted independence. Militarism was a policy of glorifying military power and value, so when one nation upgraded its army, other nations felt the need to also.
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