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The outbreak of World War I can be attributed to a combination of long-term structural factors, including militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism, along with the immediate trigger of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Elaborate.

Topic: History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

1. The outbreak of World War I can be attributed to a combination of long-term structural factors, including militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism, along with the immediate trigger of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Elaborate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

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Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the reasons for the outbreak for the first world war.

Directive word: 

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving the context of assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that started the great war of 1914.

Body:

First, write about the geo-political Tensions had been brewing throughout Europe—especially in the troubled Balkan region of southeast Europe, the alliances involving European powers, the Ottoman Empire, Russia and other parties had existed for years, The political instability in the Balkans etc, Hyper nationalism leading to mutual distrust. Mention other factors such as economic and military causes.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.