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There were three main causes for the Great War One of them was if two countries went to war then most of Europe would be at war as well As well the fact that countries were getting selfish with how much land they wanted to call their own And finally a student named Gavrilo Princip played a vital role in Serbia and Austria-Hungarys role in the war which eventually led to many other countries joining The world changed dramatically when these events occurred and it will never be the same again If two countries went to war most of Europe went to war This was due to the triple alliance and the triple entente The triple alliance consisted of Germany Italy and Austria-Hungary The triple entente consisted of Britain France and Russia The triple alliance was formed in 1882 Everyone in the alliance promised to defend each other if either were attacked The triple entente was formed in 1907 They never really promised to defend each other but together they circled Germany and Austria-Hungary so they knew that they had a chance of defeating them by cornering them In later years these alliances proved very helpful for all the countries involved because they realized that they would never be fighting a war alone They would always have allies around to help them In addition to those alliances countries quest for more land proved disastrous In 1908 Austria-Hungary took over Bosnia in the Balkans Russia and Serbia who were allies feared that Austria-Hungary was trying to build on her empire by taking over the Balkans On June 28 1914 an 18-year-old student named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand After a few months of threats Austria-Hungary finally declared war on Serbia One month later Russia prepared to defend their ally Serbia against Austria-Hungary Days later Germany was ready to defend their ally Austria-Hungary by declaring war on Russia Once France tried to defend
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