Why did World War 1 breakout in 1914 ?
Sources say there are approximately five reasons, why war actually started. In order they are, Militarism, Imperialism, Nationalism, Alliances and the Murder of Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo on the 28th June 1914. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on 28th July 1914. On the 29th July 1914, Austria-Hungary declared a war on Serbia to crush Nationalism. They declared the war because they were angry that The Black Hand Gang killed Franz Ferdinand and wanted revenge on their country. Russia then decides that it’s not fair, so they join Serbia and declared war on Austria-Hungary. Then on the 1st August, Germany decided to back up Austria-Hungary. The 3rd and 4th of August France prepared to join Russia and Serbia, but then Germany try to stop them by attacking through Belgium and the 4th of August 1914, Britain joins the army of France, Belgium, Russia and Serbia.
The reason I have put Militarism first is because all the countries were trying to prove that they were the best country, by building the biggest, strongest and best armies and invading each other. They also wanted to test out their weapons, so this was a good excuse for them. The countries stocked up their weapons ready for wars. They had wars to see who had the biggest and strongest Military and also who had the best weapons.
Imperialism I put second because it isn’t the main reason, but it is important. Imperialism is when the countries try to get more of something, for example Land, but other countries want it to which causes a war between countries. In this case though, the king of Germany was jealous of his cousin, the King of England, because Britain got all of the money and diamond, and Germany got nothing. Also the King of England was a better and more well known king so the King of Germany felt inferior.
The third reason I think is Nationalism, because all the countries wanted to be the best and come out on top. Britain were a rich...