Militarism is the immense buildup of armed forces in order to discourage rivals. Nations vastly increased the amount of money they spent on their armies in order to become more powerful. For instance, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Russia all competed to expand their armies. This meant that there was a new abundance of soldiers and weapons.
In 1914, countries made alliances with one another which were treaties and/or agreements which stated that countries would come to each other's need. The Triple Entente (Allied Powers) was made up of Great Britain, France, and Russia. However, the Triple Alliance (Central Powers) was made up of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy.
We will protect and defend you!
Before World War I, all of the great powers of the world were competing for territory with one another. Before the war, Serbia tried to imperialize the Balkans, however Austria-Hungary did not want Serbia to gain all of that power. As a result, the two countries began to fight; and countries began to choose sides.
We must takeover the Balkans!
We can't let them get the Balkans!
Before the "Great War", many people began to feel a sense of nationalism, which is the pride and patriotism a person has towards their national identity. Unfortunately, nationalism caused people to become exceptionally violent with others who opposed their beliefs. Slaves wanted to be free from Austrian rule, and they were supported by Serbia and Russia. This caused even more conflict between Serbia and Austria-Hungary.
Let's unite as one nation!
On June 28, 1914, a member of the Serbian terrorist organization, the "Black Hand", assassinated the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. Austria-Hungary immediately blamed Serbia for the attack and for supporting terrorists. Austria then declares war on Serbia on July 28.The assassination is considered to be the "spark" of World War I.
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