World War 1
Why did it happen????
Militarism is the arms race of all of the countries. The arms race was the race to get the best military, and the best quality weapons. This caused the war because everybody was fighting and everybody was waiting for someone to make a move.
Everybody either hated another country or absolutely agreed with another country. It got really confusing on who was on what side. “ “Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Russia got involved to defend Serbia. Germany seeing Russia mobilizing, declared war on Russia. France”was then drawn in against Germany and Austria-Hungary. Germany attacked France through Belgium pulling Britain into war. Then Japan entered the war. Later, Italy and the United States would enter on the side of the allies.”
Excerpt From: Snyder, Drew. “8th Grade United States History.” v1.1. Drew Snyder, 2014. iBooks.
Nationalism is the pride in one's country. Maybe one country would get a little too much pride in themselves. Each country wanted to gain dominance and power over the other countries.
Imperialism is about expanding your territory. Everybody wanted to be bigger and better, but no one wanted to give up their territory.
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Archduke Franz Ferdinand was supposed to take the throne of Austria-Hungary. He and his wife, Sophie, were killed by a Serbian nationalist. Of course, Austria-Hungary was very mad at Serbia. This then triggered the war.
Nobody had any control of peace. Consequently, war seemed like the only solution to the anger and disagreement.