What were the underlying causes of WWI?
Fervent nationalism had spread throughout many of the countries due to competition over colonies.
Colonies were vastly important due to the natural resources they contained and the sign of power that a country had if it
owned colonies. All the countries needed as much natural resources they could get during the industrial revolution to further
their own technological gains. Also Europe had not seen a major war since the Napoleonic wars. The adults at the time of WWI
had only heard stories about war and envisioned as the greatest honor and glorious for all those who participated. When WWI
was looming many were excited and quite willing to send the young ones off to war.
2. What was the specific cause of WWI?
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of
Austria was killed on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, by Gavrilo Princip, a member of the Serbian nationalist
group the Black Hand. At his trial it was revealed that the Serbian government had supplied the weapons. As Germany was allied
with Austria and Serbia was allied with Britain they were dragged into the fray.
3. How did the soldiers react as they went off to war?
heads were filled with allusions of grandeur by the stories of the older generation who considered war to be heroic. Many
truely didn't understand what the war was about and wondered why they were being sent from their homes into battle.