World War I
Causes of World War I

Causes of World War I
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     challenging words:    alliance, patriotism, nationalism, military, germany, blame, people, power, gunpowder, powerful, begin, among, cause, mothers, adult, situation
     content words:    World War, World War I., Archduke Francis Ferdinand, Great Britain

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Causes of World War I
By Sharon Fabian

1     Many people didn't want a war to begin. Mothers and fathers all over Europe hoped for good lives for their sons who were just becoming adults. Young men hoped to begin their adult lives by going to work, getting married, and raising families. Instead, in 1914, many of them went to war.
2     Some of the leaders in Europe didn't want the war to begin either. They tried to convince others not to go to war. Instead, one country after another declared war.
3     How did it happen? What caused World War I?
4     There were several causes of World War I. The most immediate cause was the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary decided that Serbia was to blame for the assassination and declared war on Serbia.
5     Before the assassination, there were other things going on in Europe that led up to the war. One thing was an increase in the feeling of nationalism in many European countries. Nationalism is something like patriotism, so you may be surprised to hear that it was one cause of the war, but nationalism doesn't just mean supporting your own country. Nationalism means putting the interests of your own country above everything else and ignoring the rights of people in other countries.

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