Why wars occur

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Why wars occur

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Wars can occur for a number of reasons including:

  • religion (for example, if followers of a religion are being badly treated in another country) 
  • nationalism and ethnicity (for example, if an ethnic group wants to set up its own country)
  • economics (for example, if a country has oil but its neighbour does not)
  • polictal reasons (for example, if one country is communist and wants to make other countries communist)
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