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The Causes of World War One: Part 5 – Assassination

Alliances, nationalism, militarism and conflict would congregate in one event: The assassination of Austria-Hungary’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand by 19-year-old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. In 1914, nearly half of Austria-Hungary’s population was neither Austrian or Hungarian. Assassination in Sarajevo On June 28, 1914, Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were visiting Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, an Austrian-Hungarian province. […]

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The Causes of World War I: Part 4 – Regional Conflicts

Several smaller conflicts tested the alliances established by the great European powers and set the stage for the great conflict that would erupt in 1914. These are some of the smaller conflicts that rocked the world during the new century. Russo-Japanese War (1904): Russia and Japan go to war over Korea and Manchuria. Russia is […]

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The Causes of World War I: Part 3 – Militarism

Militarism is defined as maintaining a large military and being prepared to use it to defend a nation’s interests. In the early 20th century, this arms race led to disaster. Industrial Output The years prior to the war saw a surge in industrialization. Manufacturing output grew, buildings were electrified, municipal water works were constructed, and […]

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The Causes of World War I: Part 2 – Nationalism

Nationalism is defined as patriotism and the spirit of a country. It also is defined as asserting that your country’s interests are separate from the interests of others. This second definition led to the belief that there is no greater and more honorable death than to die for one’s country. In the pre-World War I […]

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The Causes of World War I: Part 1 – Alliances

In 1878, the major European powers met in Germany to discuss territorial disputes. The Congress of Berlin assigned regions to different empires. Bosnia-Herzegovina, for example, was given to Austria-Hungary. It soon became clear that there were problems with this arrangement. The powers could not incur new territory without risking war with another country. Russia, especially, […]

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World War One Changed the Map

We sometimes think of countries’ names and national borders as being quite stagnant, but they are constantly changing.  The map of Europe today looks more like the map of 1914 than it did the year I was born. Conversely, the 1914 map of the Middle East looks radically different. Europe Changes and Back Again Europe’s map was […]

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