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World War I World War I was a military conflict that began as a local European war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia on July 28 1914 and eventually became a global war involving 32 nations Twenty-eight of these nations known as the Allies and the Associated Powers and including Britain France Russia Italy and the United States opposed the coalition known as the Central Powers consisting of Germany Austria-Hungary the Ottoman Empire now Turkey and Bulgaria The immediate cause of the war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia was the assassination on June 28 1914 of Archduke Francis Ferdinand heir to the Austrian and Hungarian throne The fundamental causes of the conflict however were rooted deeply in the European history of the previous century particularly in the political and economic policies that prevailed on the Continent after 1871 the year that marked the emergence of Germany as a great world power The underlying causes of World War I were the spirit of intense nationalism that permeated Europe throughout the 19th and into the 20th century the political and economic rivalry among the nations and the establishment and maintenance in Europe after 1871 of large armaments and of two hostile military alliances The French Revolution and the Napoleonic era had spread throughout most of Europe the idea of political democracy with the resulting idea that people of the same ethnic origin language and political ideals had the right to independent states The principle of national self-determination however was largely ignored by the dynastic and reactionary forces that dominated in the settlement of European affairs at the Congress of Vienna in 1815 Several peoples who desired national autonomy were made subject to local dynasts or to other nations Notable examples were the German people whom the Congress of Vienna left divided into numerous duchies principalities and kingdoms Italy also left divided into many parts some of which were under foreign
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