The Causes of World War I

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World War I, also known as the Great War, was a military conflict that lasted from1914 to 1918. It started off as a local European War between Serbia and Austria -Hungry, but expanded into a global war between 32 nations. (Microsoft Encarta, 1996) Twenty-eight of these nations were known as the Allies and included the United States,Italy, France, Russia, and Great Britain; the opposing forces were Germany,Austria-Hungry, Turkey, and Bulgaria. The assassination of the Archduke FranzFerdinand …

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…War I were the attitude of intense nationalism that permeated Europe throughout the 19th and into the 20th century, the political and economic rivalry among the nations, and the establishment and maintenance in Europe after 1871 of large armaments and of two hostile military alliances. (Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart, 1984) Even though many people feel that Germany is solely responsible for World War I, other facts and issues take part in sharing the responsibility with Germany.