Main causes for WWI Essay

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Main causes for WWI



Four Main Reasons for World War I
World War I began on July 28, 1914, with the declaration of war by Austria-Hungary on
Serbia, and hostilities between the Allied and Central Powers continued until the signing
of the armistice on November 11, 1918, a period of 4 years, 3 months, and 14 days. There
were four main causes for the World War. They were Nationalism, Imperialism, Military
Expansion, and Crises Foreshadowing the War.

Nationalism created great political tensions between single nation states such as France
and Germany, and threatened the stability of multi-nation states such as Austria-Hungary.
These were reflected in nationalistic propaganda, an arms race between the majors, and
trade barriers and tariffs, which worsened tensions further.

Imperialism lead to many colonial interest problems. France, Britain, and Germany were
having problems over who should get colonies in Africa. Many peace treaties were signed
so that war wouldn’t be an option. Of course that didn’t work. These problems almost
foretold the war.

As a result of the above, between 1871 and 1914 the nations of Europe adopted domestic and
foreign policies that steadily increased the danger of war. Most of the European nations
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