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Grade 11 The Causes of World War 1 and their Consequences The First World War was a unique war unlike any previous conflicts It had completely revolutionized the way modern warfare was fought Many new weapons vehicles and tactics were used It had introduced a new course of fighting called trench warfare This war had produced 19 million casualties and civilian population had been greatly effected as never before But the questions still exists Why did this Great War happen and Where were the horrific circumstances that had caused the war to end all wars to take place Although there are several indirect answers to this question such as nationalism the arms race imperialism and the alliance system and Bismarckian politics there are also numerous direct answers too such as the Moroccon Crisis the Balkan Wars the Fashoda Crisis and the Russo-Japanese War In this essay I will examine those situations First let us examine the unlucky incident that is said to be the main spark that triggered the war It all began in the summer of 1914 when Archduke Francis Ferdinand the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie made a provocative state visit to the troubled region of Bosnia Bosnia had been part of the Ottoman Turkish Empire When the Ottoman Empire fell apart new states such as Greece 1878 Serbia 1878 came into being Bosnia had also broken free of Turkish rule But rather than gaining independence it was taken over by Austria-Hungary This angered Bosnian nationalists who wanted an independent Bosnia One such nationalist was Gavrilo Princip who was residing in Serbia On June 28th several nationalists tried to attack Archduke Ferdinand in protest of Bosnian independence but it was Princip who finally succeeded in shooting both the Archduke and his wife to death When the politicians in Vienna heard of the attack they saw the assassination as more than just a Bosnian lunatic
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