World War I

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World War I was the result of leaders’ aggression towards other countries, which was supported by the rising
nationalism of the European nations. Economic and imperial competition and fear of war prompted military
alliances and an arms race, which further escalated the tension contributing to the outbreak of war.On the
European continent there were chiefly five raising great powers.On one side France, Britain, and Russia and
on the other were the Central Powers Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey.All were trying to establish
themselves as the preeminent power on the continent. Armies and navies were greatly expanded. The standing
armies of France and Germany doubled in size between 1870 and 1914. Naval expansion was also extremely
competitive, particularly between Germany and Great Britain. By 1889, the British had established the principle
that in order to maintain naval superiority in the event of war they would have to have a navy two and a half
times as large as the second-largest navy.
Another factor which contributed to the increase in rivalry in Europe was imperialism. Great Britain,
Germany and France needed foreign markets after the increase in manufacturing caused by the Industrial
Revolution. These countries competed for economic expansion in Africa. Although Britain and France resolved
their differences in Africa, several crises foreshadowing the war involved the clash of Germany against Britain
and France in North Africa.On June 28, 1914 Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in
the provincial capital of Sarajevo setting the wheels of war in motion.Immediately following the assassination
Germany pledged its full support to Austria-Hungary, pressuring them to declare war on Serbia, while France
strengthened its backing of Russia.Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914. On July 29,