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A complicated web of political alliances, rivalries, and tensions among the major European countries led to the start of World War I in 1914. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Serbian nationalist in June 1914 was the immediate cause. Serbia was the target of Austria-Hungary’s ultimatum, which it ignored, prompting Austria-Hungary to declare war.
A network of interconnected alliances had a role in this event’s escalation. Serbia requested assistance from its ally, Russia, while Austria-Hungary received support from its ally, Germany. More nations became involved as the tensions rose. Germany declared war on Russia and France, and Britain joined the fight after Germany invaded Belgium.
The fight swiftly expanded to encompass various fronts and numerous countries. Trench warfare, the use of novel weapons like machine guns and poison gas, and a high death toll were characteristics of the conflict. The battle continued until 1918 when it was finally put an end by the signing of the Armistice. This was made possible by a number of causes, including tiredness, economic hardship, and military advances.
There were significant political and geographical changes following World War I. Germany was subjected to severe reparations under the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, which also redrawn international borders. Wide-ranging ramifications of the war included the destabilization of Europe, the fall of empires, the growth of nationalism, and ultimately helped pave the way for later wars, most notably World War II.