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Empire and took large parts of land from it. After the war was over these countries fought one against each other about the way they would share the conquered land. After the fights Serbia became a stronger country than it was before. This increased the fears in the Austro-Hungarian government. There were alliances between different countries in Europe–when a country feels a threat it looks for friends to help it. The alliances between the strong countries were what divided Europe into two armed camps where the smaller countries were connected to the alliances, but not official members. This thing created the danger of huge armies colliding into each other and causing huge destruction. This can happen even because of a small incident that can make all the allies that are

committed to help their other allies join the war (this was the case in this war). There were two main alliances in Europe: the ?Triple Alliance? or the ?Central Powers? (included Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy) and ?Entente Powers? or the ?Allies? (included France, Russia and Britain). The ?Triple Alliance? or the ?Central Powers? were first formed as Germany and Austria-Hungary became allies in 1879 and three years later Italy joined them. The ?Entente Powers? or the ?Allies? were formed as France became and ally of Russia in 1892 and in 1904 and 1907 Britain entered into ententes with France and then Russia. The assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 was the spark that ignited the First World War. On June 28 the archduke and his wife

were driving in the streets of Sarajevo. As the car suddenly stopped and reversed a Serbian student named Gavrilo Princip shot them. He was supported by a Serbian secret society called the ?Black Hand?. In my opinion one cannot make a statement of one single most significant cause since a person cannot say that one cause is more important than another. This is because if one thing would not have happened, as small and unimportant as it might seem, the action would not have been the same. Since I was asked to put the most important cause in my opinion I would put it, but it is a bit general. The nationalism and imperialism were the most important causes, in my opinion, since empires do not let the national groups in their countries have their own countries, as they should have.

Also, empires always want to expand and conquer other countries so they would become stronger and more powerful. Austria-Hungary was an empire?and it collapsed into smaller countries after the first world war, like the Ottoman empire, which was divided between France and Britain. In the two decades after the Second World War Britain and France separated from their colonies. The USSR, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia separated into smaller countries in and after 1989. In this century nationalism and the end of imperialism was happening all around the world, it was a main cause for many wars (including the First World War). To conclude I can say that there were many reasons for the outbreak of the First World War and not all of them were discussed here. Only the main and most clear

causes were discussed, and not as they should be presented (the right way to present them in a good research in my opinion is to put some evidence too, not just write everything down as facts).