The Events Of The World War I Essay

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By the beginning of the 20th century, hostility had grown throughout the European continent as many European powers claimed new colonies to expand their territory in pursuit of more land, resources, and power. Before World War 1, Africa and parts of Asia were points of contention amongst the European countries primarily because of the raw materials these areas possessed. The increasing competition and desire for greater empires led to an increase in confrontation that helped push the world into World War I. In 1914, the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was the catalyst for physical battles breaking out between European empires and nations that later included the United States.

In 1908, Austria officially annexed Bosnia igniting outrage in Serbia and Russia.

Linked by their Slavic ethnicity, the two nations wished to prevent Austrian expansion.

Their efforts were defeated when the Ottoman Empire agreed to recognize Austrian

control in exchange for monetary compensation. The incident permanently damaged the

already tense relations between the nations. Faced with increasing problems within its

already diverse population, Austria-Hungary viewed Serbia as a threat. This was largely

due to Serbia 's desire to unite the Slavic people, including those living in the southern

parts of the empire. This pan-Slavic sentiment was backed by Russia who had signed a

military agreement to aid Serbia if the nation was attacked by the Austrians.…

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