Factors of World War I
Imperialism, nationalism, militarism, and alliances
In 1898 Germany began building a large modern navy. The buildup threatened the British, who rushed to build warships. By the early 1900s, Britain and Germany were engaged in an arms race.
Nationalism and Imperialism
In the 1800s, nationalism led to a crisis in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe.
In the 1700's and 1800's imperialism was how European powers built empires.
For years the Ottoman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire had ruled the Balkans.
The Serbs, who were the first to gain independence, formed a nation called Serbia.
Russia supported the Serbs, but Austria-Hungary worked to limit Serbia’s growth. In 1908 Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia, which had belonged to the Ottoman Empire, outraging the Serbs. .
The Assassination that Leads to War
Explain how the assassination occurred.
Who was specifically responsible for the death of the Archduke?