Why Did World War 1 Begin?

World War One was the result of many causes; many countries were struggling to assert new national identities, gain territories, and build empires. Countries made alliances with one another in attempt to gain power and influence. Ultimately, these alliances ended up dragging everyone into war. On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Russia was allied with Serbia so Russia declared war on Austria-Hungary. Germany was allied with Austria-Hungary so Germany declared war on Russia. France was allied with Russia, and so France declared war on Germany. Great Britain was France’s ally, so… you get my point. The United States didn’t enter the war until 1917. To find more information click here: