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Causes of World War I DBQHistorical Context:At the turn of the twentieth century, Europe seemed to enjoy a period of peace and progress. Yet belowthe surface, several forces were at work that would lead Europe into the “Great War.” One of these forceswas nationalism, and it had an explosive effect in the Balkans. However, nationalism was only one of themany causes of World War I. Historians and eyewitnesses have described 4 “M.A.I.N.” causes of WorldWar I (M.A.I.N. = Militarism, Imperialism, Nationalism, Alliances) and have tried to assess theresponsibility for it.Prompt:Of the 4 M.A.I.N. reasons for the cause of WWI, which factor contributed most to the outbreak of WWI?Document A:Source:The Dual Alliance between Austria-Hungary and Germany - October 7, 1879ARTICLE 1.Should, contrary to their hope, and against the loyal desire of the two High Contracting Parties,one of the two Empires be attacked by Russia, the High Contracting Parties are bound to come to the assistanceone of the other with the whole war strength of their Empires, and accordingly only to conclude peace togetherand upon mutual agreement.ARTICLE 2.Should one of the High Contracting Parties be attacked by another Power, the other HighContracting Party binds itself hereby, not only not to support the aggressor against its high Ally, but to observeat least a benevolent neutral attitude towards its fellow Contracting Party.Questions:1.What country are Germany and Austria-Hungary most worried about?2.What are Germany and Austria-Hungary “bound” to do for one another?Document B:Source:

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