To What Extent Were the Causes of the Second World War an Effect of the Issues Arising from the First World War?

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Boom! Boom! A few gunshots went off and Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne and his wife were murdered. The Culprit was Gavrilo Princip, who was one of the many Serbian assassins that were sent to kill Archduke Franz Ferdinand in order to acquire the southern provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and create a Greater Serbia. As the Serbians were caught, the country had been given an ultimatum, which was declined by the Serbian Government. This action is what basically triggered a four-year war that involved over a 100 countries, 70 million soldiers, killed over 9 million soldiers, and was the sixth deadliest conflict in history. The war is known as WW1. Although the events above triggered the war, that was not the only reason the war started. There were many long-term reasons that could have triggered the war. For example there was an arms race between Germany and many other European countries like France and England and even the French and German armies doubled in size between 1870 and 1914. After France lost a war to Germany in 1870 they developed a grudge against them. Also, as France and Britain had many colonies Germany just started to acquire some in Africa and wanted more land. As you can see there were also many other reasons for the war besides the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. After Serbia declined the ultimatum, the Austro-Hungarian Empire waged war on Serbia on 28th July 1914. Since Russia was allied to Serbia, they announced mobilization of troops in defense for Serbia on August 1st 1914. Germany was allied to the Austro-Hungarians and took the Russian mobilization as a threat and declared war on Russia on August 1st 1914. Since Russia and France were allies and France didn’t like Germany due to the lost war against them in 1870, they declared war on Germany on August 3rd 1914. Germany wanted to start

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