As many of you know most every war begins for a reason, and the reason for WWI was simple but enough. What brought about war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife on their way through Sarajevo. They were assassinated on July 28th, 1914 by Gavrilo Princip. But the question to answer is,”How did all of the countries that fought in WWI get sucked into this?” To answer this question we have to back to the formation of the Holy Roman Empire.
There were many small German states that made up this empire, but it fell eventually; and they all began to fight over who would be the dominant German state. Prussia, as it was called back in the day, eventually won and dethroned previously dominant state Austria. Since then Prussia made many allies and Treaties to ensure its safety so it could slowly build up its own infrastructure. Some of its allies include Italy and Austria-Hungary.
Later Russia and France became worried and threatened by Prussia’s growing power so they formed an alliance with Prussia, just to be on the safe side. Soon enough, Prussia started threatening Britain claiming they would take over. In response to this, Britain looked to Russia and France for help to take down Prussia, they formed an alliance because both countries were least devoted to Prussia. Germany later joined the War which leads us back to the assassination, when the Archduke was murdered and Prussia’s ally Austria gave them the excuse they needed to declare war on the other countries.
At first glance you probably were left scratching your head at why England came to fight when Prussia was much further east, well now you know the internal workings of the war. But sadly, sometimes countries want to go to war so bad that they’ll take any form of hostility against them or their allies to the court and justify the means to start a war. In the end, at this moment in time war has begun, and this one claims to be “The War to end all wars.”