Cause Of World War 1 Essay

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Causes of world War 1 World War one was one of the largest displays of conflict that has ever happened. Never before had there been such a show of military force. World War 1 is responsible for the deaths of 37 million civilian and military casualties. The war lasted for four years, Involved 32 countries, and costed 32 billion dollars. The war had many different reasons and factors for happening, but the main cause was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28th, 1914 by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were driving through Sarajevo a Serbian nationalist Nedjelko…show more content…
Before World War 1 Britain was the greatest Imperialist power. In the 19th Century Britain was in control of a quarter of the world. Britain's imperialism was mostly set on the acquisition of country's resources, and increasing trade. Britain's imperialism was strengthened by their Navy, which was the largest and most powerful at the time. Due to increasing demand for land Russia, Germany, and France all tried to conquer Africa. Germany later acquired a large portion of South Africa, which was well received by the German populace. This caused problems for Britain who wanted to have a British owned railway that spanned the length of Africa. Tensions also rose between Germany and France over Morocco. In 1905 the German Kaiser Wilhelm the II traveled to the Moroccan city Tangier, while France was trying to take control of Morocco. The Kaiser made a speech about Moroccan Independence which outraged France. Another incident in 1911 happened when the French were trying to mitigate tension with the moroccan people. Germany sent a gunboat to the Moroccan port of Agadir without permission, or warning. This prompted a much greater response from France as well as brought Germany and France to the verge of war. The decline on the Ottoman Empire was a major blow to Europe's imperial power. The Ottoman empire was losing war and was on the brink of collapsing which caused imperial instability. All of these factors contributed in rising tension and a lust for power which strengthened World War

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