The Causes of the Great War

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King George
Franz Josef

King George of Great Britain, Franz Josef of Austria, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas of Russia, 4 of the 5 major powers in 1914. The other was France. The next powerful nation, the Ottoman Empire was on the decline

In 1914 the nations of Europe were building up their armies, competing for colonies and trade, glorifying in a bellicose sense of national identity and entering upon alliances with other nations in preparation for war. There were several causes of the "war to end all wars." Militarism, economic imperialism, nationalism, and system of entangling alliances were the major causes of what would be known as the Great War. 

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