CAUSES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1
long term causes
The alliance system in Europe served as a major cause of World War I. This system led to the division of Europe into two antagonistic power blocs, its degree of secrecy led to fear and suspicion between nations, and it transformed local disputes into a general conflict. While other arguments point to factors such as militarism, economic rivalries, and domestic issues as the major causes of the war, these causes would not have been as significant except within the context of the alliance system.