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The first cause of World War One took place on June 28, 1914. Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb student, shot and killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife. Princip belonged to a group called the Black Hand,
who wanted Serbia to be independent from Austria Hungary. Austria Hungary demanded Serbia to punish those responsible for the assassination. When Serbia failed to comply, Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Since Serbia was an ally of the Allied
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Powers, the Allied Powers declared war on Austria Hungary. This, in effect, meant a declaration of war against the Central Powers. Ferdinand’s assassination started a chain reaction that led to both powers declaring war on each other.
anothe cause of World War One was economic imperialism. Great Britain and France maintained their domestic economies through their control and trade with foreign colonies. Germany and Austria Hungary had very few foreign colonies, and their domestic
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resources were rapidly running out. In order to maintain their domestic economy, they had to look for more resources by expanding their territories. Germany could not easily find other colonies because there were few worthwhile colonies left.
France and Great Britain had most of Africa and southern Asia under their control. The competition for expanding markets to sustain their domestic economies led to hostile relations between the powers.
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Widespread militarism was the second cause of World War One. Aristocrats, dictators and military elites had too much control over Russia, Germany and Austria and the war was one consequence of their desire for military power.
Britain’s Royal Navy was stronger in terms of the amount of personnel, ships and carrying capacity than both Germany and Austria Hungary’s navies combined.
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Since aristocrats in Germany and Austria Hungary knew they were losing the arms race, they decided the best way to catch up to Britain’s Royal Navy was to declare war.
Alliances caused the first world war because they increased tensions between European countries and created an environment where one conflict could engulf an entire continent.
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anothe cause of World War One was economic imperialism. Great Britain and France maintained their domestic economies through their control and trade with foreign colonies. Germany and Austria Hungary had very few foreign colonies, and their domestic

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Powers, the Allied Powers declared war on Austria Hungary. This, in effect, meant a declaration of war against the Central Powers. Ferdinand’s assassination started a chain reaction that led to both powers declaring war on each other.

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France and Great Britain had most of Africa and southern Asia under their control. The competition for expanding markets to sustain their domestic economies led to hostile relations between the powers.

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Britain’s Royal Navy was stronger in terms of the amount of personnel, ships and carrying capacity than both Germany and Austria Hungary’s navies combined.

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Alliances caused the first world war because they increased tensions between European countries and created an environment where one conflict could engulf an entire continent.

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