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Although the coming of the First World War has aroused much interest and controversy, the question of immediate causes can be answered with considerable certainty.
Darwinism, a theory developed into practice in politics in the form of aggressive colonial conquests has greatly worsened international relations in the early twentieth century. A frantic rush to plant the flag over as many people and as much territory as possible, had serious consequences. Imperialism resulted new tensions among competing European states, and lead to the triumph of nationalism.
Nationalism was a crucial and underlying precondition of the Great War. It was in the form Serbian aspirations and the pan-German versus pan-Slavic racism of some fanatics. Nationalism also drove a spiraling arms race. Such great powers as Great Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary nearly tripled their expenditures on armaments in the period between 1870 and 1914. This led to distrust and hostility between the two most powerful nations: Germany and Great Britain. The leading nations of Europe w
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Francis Ferdinand, his wife,
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