Causes of WWI

Why the Great War began

Causes of WWI

There are many causes to WWI. Some of the main reasons include nationalism, militarism, secret alliances, and the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand. With nationalism, pride in ones country, everyone one in every nation wanted the best for their country. There was arms race, militarism, being nations were trying to build more weapons than the other. Then there were secret alliances, countries aligning themselves with other nations with same interest. In WWI the central powers consisted of Germany, Ausrtia- Hugary, and Turkey. The allied powers included the United KIngdom, France, and Russia. However the immediate cause of the wars start was the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand. Ferdinand was heir to the throne in Austria- Hungary.

When the War began....

As the war began the nations soon realized that they had reached a stalemate. This is where neither side gains any significant territory. This was due to the modernization of weaponry. Unlike previous wars rifles are now deadly and extremly accurate. There was also new technology and machinery. These included machine guns, artillery field guns, poision gas, submarines, air planes, tanks, and armored cars.