Causes of World War I Song

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The first World War
August 1914, when it all started
A preventable war
The causes that led to it are still debated

The war all started with Franz Ferdinand
Assassination of the Archduke of Austria and
The mutual alliances
Said if one country is attacked the other must defend them

So Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia this
Pulled countries into war like Russia, Germany, and France
Two groups at war Central Powers vs the Allies, the Allies

Alright we moving to the second cause, Imperialism
When one country takes territories, gaining new lands
For power increase, and materials
Countries in Europe controlled much of Africa and Asia

So this desire for bigger empires
Competition upsurge, tensions ran higher
France and Britain spanning five continents
Germany came a little late, but there were lands that they wanted

And on to number three
Militarism, an increasing arms race
Building up navies
Bigger militaries influence they carried

Nationalism was a growing strong
Especially Slavic people in Bosnia
This expanded all across Europe
Where each country tried to prove their dominance

So Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia this
Pulled countries into war like Russia, Germany, and France
Two groups at war Central Powers vs the Allies, the Allies

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