"Not all that is presented to us as history has really happened; and what really happened did not actually happen the way it is presented to us; more over, what really happened is only a small part of all that happened. Everything in history remains uncertain, the largest events as well as the smallest occurrence."
John Wolfgang von Goethe
First World War History Links
Since 1872 Peace on the European Continent was maintained by the Treaty Alliance System. Under this system nations vied for compacts with others to form blocs of power to prevent aggressions by other stronger ambitious nations. Unfortunately many of these treaties called for mutual intervention if a member of an alliance was attacked militarily.
While the tensions in the region had been festering for years; the event that sent the world over the brink to war was the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne by a Serbian nationalist. As it would be, the flawed Alliance System worked it's machinations and Europe plunged into war. The United States entered the war in 1917 when German submarine warfare threatened America's commercial shipping.
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