The First World War started in 1914 and lasted for four years to end in 1918 when Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman empires were defeated (Havers 7). There have been a number of causes identified to have led to the war but most of them are not as straightforward as many would think. In essence, the root causes of the war are deeper than most abstract reasons many authors have identified in the past. However, this does not mean that there was no trail of events which directly led to the conflict because there were a series of open hostilities which eventually led to the break-out of the war (Kelly 1).
The war majorly broke out as a result of existing alliances among various world powers such as Russia, Serbia, Germany, Austria-Hungary, France, Russia, Britain, Japan, Italy and the United States (which existed then) (Kelly 2). In comprehending the causes of the conflict, it is important to understand that before the war, there was an existing trend of alliance-formation among existing European powers through alliances such as the triple alliances, dual alli…