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The first world war started in 1914 with the assassination of the Austrian archduke by a man of Serbian ethnicity, which gave the Austro-Hungarian empire a valid reason to start the conflict, which it was looking for in order to expand its borders. The war officially started on 28th July 1914 two days after archduke was shot dead. The war officially ended on 11 November 1918 after the defeat of Austro-Hungarian empire, which resulted in the treaty of Versailles which many believes that rooted the World War 2 (WW2).

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They entered after Germany invaded France on August 3, 1914 through Belgium. While they did get unsettled by the location of the Belgium ports and their ports, they entered August 4, 1914 due to the German invasion of France on the previous day(August 3, 1914.)

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The Schlieffen Plan was an attack plan. It was formulated Germany, but it wasn’t put into action until troops from Russia were mobilized along the border of Germany, attacking Germany. The attack was meant to put France on the spot and take down the country that top lieutenants had identified as Germany’s biggest threat in Europe. The idea was to go through Belgium, a country that Britain had promised to support in neutrality. The entire plan hinged on two things: Russia attacking Germany with less superior weapons, and Britain not supporting Belgium’s decision to stay neutral.

Needless to say, that didn’t happen. As tensions continued to increase due to Germany’s expanding power, the Schlieffen Plan almost worked. However, a single battle with poor communication - the first Battle of the Marne - took Germany’s plan and crumbled it to pieces.

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World War I started in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and was on until 1918. During the conflict, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (the Allied Powers).

African countries were involved in the war except Ethiopia and the four small Spanish colonies that remained neutral in the war. Brazil was the only independent country in South America to support the Allied powers Germany and Austria Hungary. Other nations that joined the allied power includs Portugal, Japan, Greece, Romania, China and, towards the end of the war, various South American countries including Peru. Italy changed sides and joined the Allies in 1915. So many countries were involved in world war 1. This is not the entire list.

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The Battle of Antietam is not a battle from the second world war, or as it’s more commonly known: World War II. It’s actually a battle from the American Civil War. The Battle of Antietam happened near a creek called Antietam Creek. The battle only lasted one day, and it is said to remain one of the deadliest single day battles in American history.

However, the outcome of this single battle would be one of the biggest turning points for the Union. The victory went to the Union, and it was one of the first victories they had in the war. This showed Abraham Lincoln that the Confederacy could be tamed and the victory could be won by those fighting for the American ideals we have today.

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The immediate spark that instigated World War I was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. Ferdinand was the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The assassination took place at Sarajevo in June, 1914. Other factors allowed this spark to lead to world war. One of these factors was imperialism. Imperialism allowed countries to increase their power and wealth by taking control of other countries. The desire to establish even greater empires led to increased competition and confrontation among countries. As a result, some countries spent huge amounts of money to build up very powerful militaries. They also formed alliances to help maintain their economic and political dominance.

The first alliance to be formed was comprised of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. Then Russia, England and France formed an alliance and when the United States joined that alliance, it truly became a world war.

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The most commonly used name for World War I at the time was The Great War. It was also called the European War and it was often described as “the war to end all wars.”

When it became clear that a second world war was likely, that description no longer seemed accurate and so it became used more and more infrequently. Most historians agree the word “great” was used to indicate the immense scale of the war, meaning how many countries were engaged, how much territory was involved, how many military and civilian casualties happened, how much military equipment took part, and so on.

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In 1918 and in a wagon in Versailles was when it was signed.

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