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Unformatted text preview: murder of Franz Ferdinand by the Black Hand in 1914. Governments took advantage of the new middle and lower classes who were looking for jobs and were all too willing to serve their country (nationalism), and made them soldiers. The larger, more powerful European governments were eager for war, because upon winning, they would gain more land in the desirable areas of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The smaller, less powerful European countries were not so eager for war, as they stood to lose the only power in the world that they had. The state of Europe at this time, both for citizens and for the government, was just right for a major war....
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- Spring '10
- European History