World War I 1914 - 1918. The events and forces that resulted in The Great War . Europe Was Ready for War. A century ago the countries of Europe were in conflict with each other because: They were in a struggle with each other over who would be the most powerful and wealthy.
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The events and forces that resulted in The Great War
A century ago the countries of Europe were in conflict with each other because:
With the many disputes resulting from nationalism and imperialism, European countries did two (2) dangerous things:
Imperialism is a policy of establishing colonies away from the homeland and building an empire.
Nationalism – feeling great pride in one’s own country.
How could nationalism contribute to war?
In 1914 Europe was ready for war, almost wanting war. All that was needed was an excuse.
Europe got that excuse on June 28, 1914 when the future king and queen of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Ferdinand and his wife were killed by a terrorist.
Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia and attacked. Other countries joined their alliance partners drawing any countries into war within 6 weeks.