Causes of World War I

The causes of World War I, which began in central Europe in July 1914, included many intertwined factors, such as the conflicts and hostility of the four decades leading up to the war. Militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism played major roles in the conflict as well. However, the immediate origins of the war lay in the decisions taken by statesmen and generals during the July Crisis of 1914, causes belli for which was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife by Gavrilo Princip, an irredentist Serb.

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  1. Causes of WWI should be on the midterm, because WWI affected society of the U.S. in great amount of ways. The whole decade, 20s, is considered to be brought up by it. However I think, since it is a course in Modern American History, not the World History, we should have more attention dedicated to these ways, that the War affected US, rather then the causes of the WAR.

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