The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Essay

1742 Words Jun 1st, 2015 7 Pages
World War I was fought between many countries including, Germany, Russia, France, Great Britain, and the United States. It was became known as “The Great War”. The war took place on European soil, and included most of the Western European Countries. Being such a large war meant many casualties, more than 17 million lives were lost. This war was started because of militarism, the growing alliances, and nationalism. These causes were long range, meaning they took a while to grow into something significant. There was however one immediate cause, or spark, that began the war. This spark was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. All three of the main cause of the war were ignited and made the war come about due to the assassination. After the Archduke was killed the war had officially begun and all of the long range causes were set off. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand ignited the three main causes of World War I which are militarism, alliances, and nationalism. The first main cause of World War I was militarism. This cause built up, meaning that it took time for it to grow and become significant in starting World War I. Militarism is when a country or government wants to grow their military to be larger and stronger, in order to be prepared to use it to defend themselves. Document 1 shows how each country that was involved started to increase the amounts of money they spent on weapons. Buying more weapons did not directly lead to war. The fear that…

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