Why did World War 1 happen?

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The proximate cause for the war was the June 28th, 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, by a Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip. Gavrilo was a 19 year old boy who was a member of a nationalist group called the Black Hand Movement. Austria-Hungary's resulting demands against the Kingdom of Serbia led to the activation of a series of alliances which within weeks saw all of the major European powers at war. As a consequence of the global empires of many European nations, the war soon spread worldwide.

good answer for the paragraph above also Germany were jealous of Britain and her allies as they had more countries under there belt such as Australia and India (colonies) Germany in turn went on austria's side and russia went on Serbia side as Serbia was also a slavok nation. russia who was in the tripple entente (allies) with us and France and Germany who made up the triple alliance with austria and Italy.

so if Germany attacked Serbia there effectively attacking russia which is allies with us and brought us into it. also Germany crossed through neutral belgium to attack France breaking all kind of laws and rules .


WWI has many and often confusing origins. However, one thing is certain and it is that WWI did not arise from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand alone. Some of the major WWI origins are as follows: imperial rivalries, the alliance system, the arms race (particularly the naval race between Britain and Germany), growth of nationalism, balance of power, old territorial disputes, the Balkan wars, and much more. Perhaps one of the most significant reasons is the huge economic, colonial, military rivalry between Britain and Germany.
Because of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.

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ww1 happende because gavrilo princip assassinated franz ferdinande and Serbia was angry and had a war with Germany and England is frinds with France who joined in so we got involved.

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