1998 Treat as the causes of World War I 1914-1918

Below are some of the main long-term causes that are identified by historians:-
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Causes of World War I - Wikipedia

Allied to this growing militarism was an intense nationalism in most of the Great powers. Weltpolitik or the desire for world power status was very popular in Germany. The French desire for revenge over Alsace and Lorraine was very strong. In Britain Imperialism and support for the Empire was very evident. This nationalism meant that there was little resistance to war in these countries. Many welcomed what they thought would be a short, victorious war. For example the outbreak of war was greeted by cheering crowds in Berlin, Vienna and Paris. As A P J Taylor wrote “the people of Europe leapt willingly into war.”

In the 1930s, historians argued that there were four underlying long-term causes of the First World War:
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What caused the first world war? | The Spectator

The explosive that was World War One had been long in the stockpiling; the spark was of Archduke , heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. ( to view film footage of Ferdinand arriving at Sarajevo's Town Hall on 28 June 1914.)

This article has not by any means encompassed all of the suggested contributory factors that led inexorably to world war.
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Underlying the assumptions of all the Great Powers during the July Crisis was the belief that if war did break out it would be a short one. Many in Britain felt that the war would be over by Christmas.

What Caused the First World War? - YouTube
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What were the causes of World War I? - Quora

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand signalled the rapid slide into world war, but this wasn't the only cause. There were underlying causes in the run-up to the First World War.

The bitter peace of Versailles that ended World War I “caused ..

We'll start with the facts and work back: it may make it all the easier to understand how World War One actually happened. The events of and early 1914 are a classic case of "one thing led to another" - otherwise known as the treaty alliance system.

First World War History - Causes and events of WW1

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Ferdinand's death at the hands of the , a Serbian nationalist secret society, set in train a mindlessly mechanical series of events that culminated in the world's first global war.

Great War London - London and Londoners in the First World War

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The direct cause of WWI was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. However historians feel that a number of factors contributed to the rivalry between the Great powers that allowed war on such a wide-scale to break out.