The Causes of the Great War Essay

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The causes of the Great War The Great War lasted from 1914 through 1918. They war ended with 30 million casualties. Germany was formed in 1971. Austria-Hungary took control of the Slavic nation in 1908. Serbia just really wanted the land back from Austria-Hungary. Archduke Franz Ferdinand went to visit Sarajevo, and was shot by a Serbian nationalist. This caused Austria-Hungary to fight against Serbia. Germany vowed to join Austrian-Hungary, and then The Ottoman Empire did. If Germany hadn’t joined with Serbia, The Great War could have been prevented. The four main reasons of the war were militarism, alliances forming, imperialism, and nationalism. These four ideas were the major contributors to the war. Militarism is the glorifying military power. There were new, advanced weapons being produced. The countries wanted to fight to prove how big and strong they were. Germany had 4.5 million people in their army. Russia had even more men with 5.9 million people. Austria-Hungary still had 3 million. Britain’s navy was huge with even more than all these countries combined. The generals wanted to fight. They wanted to show the damage they could do and the power they had. They had agreed to back up the countries on their side. This caused countries to form alliances. After the Archduke was shot, there was a domino effect. Russia had defended Serbia, and agreed to fight for them. As Russia was allies with Britain and France through the triple entente, they also made the decision to fight with Serbia. Eventually, America joined them. The Allied forces were France, United Kingdom (Great Britain), and Russia. The Allied forces were composed of 42 million people and the Central powers had 23 million fighting for them. The central powers were Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. The United States joined the war in 1917 when Russia left. Russia left because they

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