Archduke Franz Ferdinand

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archduke franz Ferdinand The Most Important Cause of WWI was the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Do you Agree? World war 1 was a controversial war, which was also said to be the war to stop all wars. Germany, a powerful empire in the early years of the twentieth century, fought the First World War (1914-1918) alongside the Austrian empire and against the Allies (England, France and Russia.). The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was just a prominent cause for the outbreak of the war; yet, there were other causes as well. He was an heir to the throne of Austro-hungry. Gavrilo princip, a member of Black Hand murdered him and his wife. Other causes include militarism, imperialism, alliances and nationalism. Militarism is known as to maintain a strong military capability and increase in the number of armed forces. Germany and Great Britain were in a great competition. Both countries were increasing their naval spending. This arms race, or the build up of armies and navies, caused fear and suspicion and also led to a hostile relationship between these two countries. Imperialism, competition for trade and colonies, resulted in tense relationships between European nations. Britain and France formed alliances against Germany as a result of competition for colonies. Alliances were agreements among nations to aid each other if attacked. By 1907, Europe was divided. Great Britain, France, and Russia all formed the Allies while Germany, Austria- Hungary, and Italy formed the Central Powers. The position of Germany might have led to an early declaration of was because it was surrounded by the allied powers. Nationalism and extreme patriotism towards the country was also a reason for the outbreak of the war. This over-confidence gave birth to a fatal misconception: that in the event of war in Europe, one’s own country would be victorious
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