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Causes of World War One

World War I or also called "The Great War" , occurred due to numerous causes. The start of the war was the due to the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28th 1914. The assassination happened during the Archduke's trip to Sarajevo, which is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Archduke was wanted dead due to the feeling of all the Serbians that once appointed to the throne. Ferdinand continued the maltreatment of all the Serbians living within the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Right after they got shot, police arrested the killer named Gavrilo Princip, he was a Serbian student, and might have been connected to the Serbian terrorist organization called The Black Hand.

Other causes of the war also dealt with ideas of Nationalism, Imperialism and militarism. They all powerfully affected the outbreak of the war. All of these ideas were established in Europe's 'Great Powers' which were made up of England, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Russians. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Nationalism was an important movement that spread all across Europe. All major powers thought well toward the idea of supporting their own nation. These strong beliefs sometimes became neurotic because nationalists became so proud of their nation that they strived for it to become richer and more powerful than any other nation.

This flourish of national pride became a major dilemma for the Austro-Hungarian nation as they tried to keep a form of order and control within the occupied area of Bosnia. This power was under danger due to the Slavonic people not likinb their Austro-Hungarian controllers and their desire to stay in Serbia and create an independent state which is now known as Yugoslavia. This was seen as the cause for the assassination of Ferdinand and his spouse.

The assassination gave Austria-Hungary the perfect excuse to start the war against...