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World War I was the result of leaders aggression towards other countries which was supported by the rising nationalism of the European nations Economic and imperial competition and fear of war prompted military alliances and an arms race which further escalated the tension contributing to the outbreak of war For Twenty years the nations of Europe had been making alliances It was thought the alliances would promote peace Each country would be protected by others in case of war making it foolish for one country to wage war on another The danger of these alliances was that an argument between two countries could draw all the other nations into a fight This is just what happened when a conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia led to World War 1 Powers Germany Austria-Hungary and Turkey Prominent among the wars causes were the imperialist territorial and economic rivalries of the great powers The German empire in particular was determined to establish itself as the preeminent power on the Continent The Germans were also intent on challenging the naval superiority of Britain However it was rampant nationalism-especially evident in the Austro-Hungarian empire-that furnished the immediate cause of hostilities On June 28 1914 Archduke Francis Ferdinand heir apparent to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated at Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist One month later after its humiliating demands were refused Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia Other declarations of war followed quickly and soon every major power in Europe was in the warSome of the basic causes of World War 1 goes as far back as the early 1800s Peoples controlled by other countries began to develop feelings of nationalism Countries grouped together in rival military alliances to advance their aims They fought for colonies and other lands Finally governments clouded international relations by carrying on secret diplomacy On June 28 1914 the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand triggered the war Gavrilo Princip a student who lived in Serbia fired the shots
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