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The Great War BY Kevin Kilkenny World War I was from 1914 to 1918 it started out as a local European war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia on July 28 1914 but then became European war when the declaration of war against Russia on August 1 1914 and eventually became a global war involving 32 nations 28 of these nations were Allies and the Associated Powers and including Great Britain France Russia Italy and the United States The Central Powers consisting of Germany Austria-Hungary Turkey and Bulgaria It would prove to have many great effects The immediate cause of the war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia was the assassination on June 28 1914 at Sarajevo in Bosnia part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire of Archduke Francis Ferdinand heir to the Austrian and Hungarian thrones his wife and unborn child on their way to visit a hospital Their assassin was Gavrilo Princip a Serb nationalist After this vile act a proposed ultimatum was given to Serbia with a two day from Austria-Hungary The Germans with a bold act said they would back Austria-Hungary no matter the terms not taking in account Russias reaction When war seemed imminent Germany decided to take over Belgium and propose that they would pay for any damages The start of the conflict however was not immediate Influence of the previous century 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 ran rampant in Europe throughout the 1800s and into the 20th century The political and economic rivalry among the nations and the establishment of two hostile military alliances They formed when Belgium won its independence from the Netherlands in 1830 the unification of Italy was accomplished in 1861 and that of Germany in 1871 At the close of the century however
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