The Three Main Causes Of World War I

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. …show more content…
The first cause is militarism, where countries built up their militaries in order to show power. This lead to making people anxious and, after the assassination, started a war. The second cause is the alliance systems that were set up. With these alliances once one country went to war, all their allies also had to go to war. The third cause was nationalism and how people would do anything for their country. People believed that they were the best and that war would mean they would gain power. The spark was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Even with all the other causes a war might not have occurred without this spark. It set the countries off allowing them to use their strong militaries, help their allies, and make their country seem like the

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