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Why did the great war happen?

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Why did the Great War happen? The Great War was and still is one of the most important and significant events in history. First of all consisting of countries from Europe it eventually became a world war that ended in more than forty million deaths. Although it seems a harsh and unforgiving tale it was one that encouraged World War II which then went onto ending the Nazis' reign and settling many cultural differences and tensions. The alliances formed in The Great War are what influenced the eventual outcome of the subsequent events. The war was fought between two major alliances, the Entente Powers and the Central Powers. The Entente Powers initially consisted of the United Kingdom, France, Russia and their associated empires. Many others joined these allies, most noticeably Italy (April, 1915) and The United States (April 1917). ...read more.

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But this time The Central Powers got greedy. Preparing to invade the Kingdom of Serbia (an independent country next to Austria-Hungary) the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne visited Serbia and was promptly shot dead by a young student (Gavrilo Princip). This particular event is what many people say triggered the war. The Kaiser was the emperor of Germany and a man who was great friends with the Archduke, Franz Ferdinand. After hearing of the death of his loyal friend he swore to Austria-Hungary that he would crush the organization that had planned for this event to happen. This meant that he was going to invade Serbia and create a war. Great Britain and its allies heard of these plans and decided to stop the Germans and Austro-Hungarians from invading. ...read more.

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The arms race coincides with rival empires as Great Britain was jealous of the Germans' military and again decided to react. It also coincides with the Kaiser as the Kaiser's war plans were a big cause of the arms race. The arms race itself was basically a big race between the Germans and British to see who would end up with the greatest military base. This race to have the greatest military base cost both sides dearly but yet was extremely important as it meant they were both prepared for war. The Great War has influenced modern day life in countless amounts of ways. Imagine if it hadn't occurred and the Nazis' reign over Germany had spread across Europe and eventually the world. The only people on this planet being the Aryan race. No gays, No Jews, No Gypsies and undoubtedly No Diversity. Blonde hair, blue eyes, the Aryan race. ...read more.

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