Essay on World War I And The War

780 Words Oct 6th, 2015 4 Pages
World War 1 began in the summer of 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was assassinated along with his wife. The assassin named Gavrilo Princip was part of a terrorist band from the kingdom of Serbia. Austria-Hungary demanded that the Serbian Government make amends for the assassination. Serbia accepted all of their demands except one. Due to Germanys hunger for power they encouraged Austria-Hungary to invade Serbia. This led to the Declaration of War on July 28, 1914 against Serbia. Russia vowed to stand by Serbia and two days later began mobilization of its army. Germany viewed this as a direct threat and declared war against Russia and then France. After these events England and other Europeans jumped into the war without considering the consequences. The United States did the exact opposite by deciding to remain neutral. However, between the summer of 1914 and the spring of 1917, events changed and provided justification for the United States to enter the war against Germany. President Woodrow Wilson advised Americans to stay neutral, which means to not from taking sides. From the beginning, George Washington encouraged Americans to not get involved with European affairs. We had been isolating ourselves from Europe and things were going well due to growth in industry and exportation. Therefore, picking sides was not the best option. Next, there was ethnic diversity in the United States and this made it difficult to take sides. For…

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