CAUSES OF WORLD WAR I (from the Internet)

World War I lasted from August 1, 1914, to November 11, 1918. It involved many of the countries of Europe as well as the United States and other nations throughout the world. More than 10 million people were killed and more than 20 million wounded. The breakdown of old alliances among European powers and an arms race led by Germany helped set the stage for the conflict, which was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in 1914. The Allied Powers (led by Britain, France, and the United States) defeated the Central Powers (led by Geauany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire) and put an end to their empires. The Treaty of Versailles (1919) severely punished Germany as the alleged instigator of the war.




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