Causes of World War 1

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“Do you agree that alliances were the most important cause of the ‘First World War (WW1)’?” World War 1 (WW1) was a global war that started on the 28th July 1914 and ended on the 11th November 1918. It was also referred to as the ‘Great War’ because before it, there hadn’t been such a war that included so much alliances and nations in it. There were many causes of WW1. The events and the tension between Europe was a trigger that set off declarations of war and resulted in the “Great War”. Tensions had been building up in Europe for decades through militarism, alliances, nationalism, imperialism, ideology, assassination, significant individuals and crisis, and these tensions had reach such a point that an event was needed to break these tensions. This was the assassination of the Archduke. Here, I am going to explain in detail what actually happened during the ‘Great War’ which caused billions of deaths. By 1914, the six powerful countries in Europe had been divided by two opposing unions. They consisted of Britain, Russia and France against Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy (who later switched sides). I believe that alliances were the most important cause of WW1, because instead of making allies to prevent war, the alliance system actually had an opposite effect. Alliances are a long-term cause to WW1 because they take a considerably long time to make. It led to distrust for each country and secrecy with some countries resulting in an increase in tension. The main leaders of ‘World War 1’ in the ‘Triple Entente’ were George V (British Empire), Raymond Poincaré (France) and Nicholas II (Russia). For the opposition who were the main leaders of the ‘Triple Alliance (Central Powers),’ they were Wilhelm II (Germany), Franz Joseph I as well as Karl I (Austria-Hungary) and Mehmed V as well as Mehmed VI (Ottoman Empire). [Italy changed sides from the ‘Central Powers’ to
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