Essay on Causes Of Ww1 And The Roaring 20 ' S

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Units 1-3 Reading Summary - Canadian History

Unit 1 - Causes of WW1 and The Roaring 20’s Many people believe that the direct beginning of the first World War was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria at Sarajevo in late June of 1914. That act was would later be known as the shot heard around the world.This is believed to be the direct cause as the shooters responsible were apart of a Serbian terrorist group and because Germany was an ally of the Austria-Hungary Empire, they supported their demands of Serbia to give up the Black Hand. (The group responsible for the killing.) Though partially agreeing, Serbia denied Austria-Hungary the rights to exert power from Serbia leading them to declare war. Other reasons include the rivalry between the nations with such great power. (Russia, Germany, United States of America, France, and Great Britain)
Imperialism was another cause of WW1. Imperialism is the creation of an empire consisting of many colonies that would benefit their mother country. Canada was a self-governing colony for the British Empire at this time. Canada sent many troops to fight on the side of the British. This was a problem as many Europeans were forced to change their ways of life to stay true to their mother country. Germany also saw the British Empire as a threat due to the wealth accumulated. Germany couldn’t resist the idea of imperialism and created a major rival in the war.
The 1920’s were a great time for Canada, after a gaining a…

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