However, there was one single event, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, which started a chain of events leading to war.
Alliances and Politics In the years leading up to the war, the nations of Europe were constantly jockeying for power and making alliances.
Alliances were one of the other main causes of the World War 1.
There were many factors that led up to the start of World War I in Europe.
Some European countries, such as France and Britain, had created large worldwide empires and had become very rich.
Other European countries, such as Russia and Germany, wanted to create their own vast empires.Germany made an alliance with Austria-Hungary and Italy in 1881.These countries all agreed to protect each other in the event they were attacked by France.In America, it was initially called the European War.More than 9 million combatants were killed; a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate.World War 1 Summative There were four main causes of World War One which include alliances, imperialism, militarism and nationalism, but in my opinion, though all causes contributed greatly to World War 1, the causes that had the most effect on starting the war were nationalism and imperialism.I believe Imperialism played a huge part in causing World War 1 because the great powers of Europe all wanted to make money selling their natural resources, but when they ran out there was a huge conflict for resource rich land and expanding their respective countries.However, Italy then went and made a secret alliance with France saying they would not aide Germany.In response to Germany's alliances, France and Russia established an alliance in 1892. The Triple Entente was formed between France, Britain, and Russia in 1907.When Germany decided to attack France by travelling through Belgium, as per the Schlieffen plan, Belgium denied entry to Germany, making Germany also declare war on Belgium.Great Britain was then forced to come to Belgium’s aid because of an alliance treaty.