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Wars are large and complicated affairs The first word war was the product of many many things Although the war officially began on July 28th 1914 it had been building up for a while The beginning of the war was much like a domino affect It started when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia On July 29 Russia ordered a mobilization only against Austria-Hungary in support of Serbia The Germans threatened war on July 31 if the Russians did not demobilize France then mobilized On August 1 Germany declared war on Russia and two days later on France The German invasion of Belgium to attack France which violated Belgiums official neutrality prompted Britain to declare war on Germany World War I had begun Nationalism militarism and imperialism all prompted the rivalry between nations which led to WWI Nationalism the love and support of ones country has always existed At this time however it was so prominent it helped cause the first world war Since so much pride was devoted to countries it made the possibilities of peace between past rivals less probable People felt great loyalty and were willing to do anything for their country In history many wars have been over territorial disputes A country feels nationalistic and peoples pride leads to people wanting to expand with more land A country can feel so strongly about this that they will fight for it The spark of the world was the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife They were shot by a Serbian nationalist because of the crisis in the Balkans The Balkan Peninsula was a mountainous area below Austira-Hungary and consisted of many different ethnic groups Each group was very nationalistic and wanted to extend its borders especially Serbia Austria-Hungary took over two Balkan Slavic areas Document 6 describes the tension in this region at the time Serbia did not want Austria-Hungary to have Bosnia and Herzegovina The archduke was shot
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