According to About.com, Germany was not a major cause of the start of World War I. In fact, it was Austria-Hungary that first declared war on Serbia, leading to the beginning of WWI. Not all countries entered into WWI at the same time. Japan, Italy and the United States are examples of countries that took part in the war but were not involved from the beginning.Know More
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand is generally considered the immediate cause that sparked WWI. This is because this assassination brought other items into play that historians list as the main cause of the war, such as alliances, nationalism, militarism and imperialism.
Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in June of 1914 by a Serbian nationalist. This assassination was in protest of Austria-Hungary having control of Sarajevo, Bosnia. With Serbia demanding control over Bosnia and the assassination of Ferdinand, the Austria-Hungary government had little choice but to declare war on Serbia.
Due to the alliance that Russia had with Serbia, Russia started to mobilize as soon as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This caused Germany, which had an alliance with Austria-Hungary, to mobilize and declare war on Russia. Later, France was dragged into the war after Germany attacked the country through Belgium. This pulled Britain into the war, which was allied with both Belgium and France.Learn more about World War 1
The Allies, or Entente Powers, defeated the Central Powers and were victorious in World War I. The main members of the Allies were Great Britain, France and Russia. The United States entered the war on the side of the Allies, though it did not formally ally itself with this group.Full Answer >
Zeppelins were primarily used for bombing runs during World War I. Though they had mixed results at this task, they were also effective in intimidating enemy forces and in transporting men and munitions.Full Answer >
The Triple Entente was an alliance between Russia, the United Kingdom and France in the years leading up to World War I. It was made official after the U.K. and Russia signed the Anglo-Russian Entente on August 31, 1907 and lasted until Russia withdrew from World War I in 1917.Full Answer >
George V was the King of England for the duration of World War I. He was the grandson of Queen Victoria and a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm III and Tsar Nicholas II.Full Answer >