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As the first shots of the Great War WWI echoed throughout the world many questions were laid upon humanity Yet the main question that lingers in our minds today was World War I inevitable A question which has many sides about the War to End All Wars Though in my opinion if certain encumbrances were avoided the start of the first savage war in the 20th century could have been eludedThe spark of the Great War was the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary and his wife by a Serbian nationalist on June 28 1914 while traveling in a motorcade through Sarajevo If that assassination had never taken place WWI would have never started Though there were many other reasons led to this war some occurring as far back the late 1800s Nationalism militarism imperialism and the system of alliances were four main factors that pressed the great powers towards this explosive war In the ninetieth and twentieth centuries especially after the French Revolution nationalism was becoming a powerful force in Europe so people that had the same culture language wanted their own country And that was the problem for the government of Austria-Hungary that did not want to lose their power and control The Slavs in the southern part of the empire were their main concern since they wanted to join up to Serbia Militarism is the second cause To understand what militarism is one should be familiar with the situation of the world in the beginning of the century which was the result of both industrial and democratic revolutions Britain at that time was the largest empire in the world and it also had the largest navy The navy was so big and strong because the Britons needed to protect their empire and maintain the sea routes between the different colonies The Kaiser William II of Germany hated and envied Britain for having a stronger navy than
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