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How did World War I begin?

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1 How did World War I begin?
Militarism Alliances Imperialism Nationalism Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Sinking of the Lusitania Zimmerman Note

2 The MAIN Causes M-Building up armed forces, getting ready for war.
A-Agreements or promises to defend and help another nation I-Trying to build up an empire N-Having pride in your country, willing to defend it

3 Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
June The Archduke, heir to the Austrian throne, was visiting Bosnian capital of Sarajevo Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip shoots and kills Ferdinand and wife Sophia Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia How did this lead to WWI? Which of the MAIN causes apply?


5 Sinking of the Lusitania
May 7, 1915 British liner Lusitania sank by German U-boat (Unterseeboot) aka a submarine 1,198 die, 128 Americans among the dead US angry and threatens Germany US public turns against Germany Germany defends sinking because they claim Lusitania was carrying ammunition Germany continues unrestricted submarine warfare


7 Zimmermann Note Telegram from German foreign minister to German ambassador in Mexico Intercepted by British agents Telegram proposed an alliance between Mexico and Germany Promised that if war w/ US broke out; Germany would support Mexico Mexico would get back “lost territory in TX, New Mexico, and Arizona as a reward

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