WW1 Involvement

WW1 Involvement - Andrew Golden Mr. Gruskin AP U.S. History...

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Andrew Golden Mr. Gruskin AP U.S. History 13 May 2007 America’s Reasons for Declaring War during WWI Because of the involvement of over ten countries, World War I has clearly deserved its title of the First World War. Beginning in 1917, the war originated and isolated in Europe. However, the coming about of the Zimmermann note, Germany’s Naval Policy, and the development of key economic issues, were the main reasons for the United States’ involvement. Although the war’s origin was extremely isolated, the following domino effect soon spread like wild fire and not before long, many nations were involved. This one event, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo, by members of the Black Hand, a Serbian nationalist secret society, led to the Austro-Hungarians’ attempt to obliterate the nationalist faction in Serbia and to make permanent Austria-Hungary’s authority in the Balkans. Accordingly, the Austria-Hungarian government called for the Serbian government to bring justice to the assassins. This demand successfully quashed Serbia’s sovereignty. Russia, maintaining a treaty with Serbia, declared the use of its own military in the defense of Serbia. Bound to Austria-Hungary for similar reasons, Germany declared war on Russia. The French, also bound to Russia for similar reasons, was sucked into the war. Britain, which maintained a seventy-five-year-old treaty with Belgium, found itself immediately involved in the war when the neutral Belgium was trampled by
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stampeding German forces on their way to Paris. With Britain’s defense of Belgium, came the war efforts of Britain’s many global colonies: India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Even Japan, linked to Great Britain through a martial accord,
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