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Whatever may be thought of the nineteenth century when it can be seen in the perspective of universal history it seems the best time to live that has so far comeP4 editor of Worlds Work World War I began in the year of 1914 and it ended in 1918 During this time historians describe it as the beginning of the end of the bourgeois civilization of EuropeP1 Wright Germany was most responsible for starting the war for many reasons Many other countries did contribute to the start of the war but Germany contributed much more than all the other countries Germany was the country that felt it was superior to all the others and they felt that they could conquer anyone because they believed that their army navy and air force could defeat all the rest The war wasnt all sparked on one certain date in 1914 Many events happened in the past that led up to the beginning of the war In 1870 the Franco-Prussian War left France and Germany with great tensions towards each other The Dual Alliance was created in 1879 with Germany and Austria which made them allies in the war to come In 1882 Italy was added to the Dual Alliance In the 1890s the Trans-Siberian Railroad was formed which caused France and Russia to come together as allies for the war The Triple Entente was then formed in 1907 with France Russia and England All of these events and the forming of these allies affected the beginning of the First World War Starting on June 28 1914 the immediate events that led to the war began In June of 1914 Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was visiting the Bosnian city of Sarajevo Because he was heir to the throne he knew that his life would be in danger A friend of the Archduke replied I am sure your warning is justified but I do not let myself be kept
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