Two major alliances were created prior to World War I the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance. The Triple Entente included France, Great Britain, and Russia while the Triple Alliance included Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy.
Since World Wart I started many historians and government officials have had many different ideas on who was to blame for the war. There were three main causes for the outbreak of war:
"(1) the clashing of national interests and ideals in Europe; (2) the maintenance of a system of secret military alliances; and (3) the economic rivalry of the nations of Europe.aE
On June 28, 1914, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, was assassinated by a Serbian. Many people say that this was the main cause, but in actuality it was just the straw that broke the camels back for World War I. At the outbreak of the war in Europe there were two alliances the Allies and the Central Powers. The Allies included France, Great Britain, Russia (dropped out in 1917 due to revolution within the country), Italy (switched to the Allies shortly after the war started in 1915), and the United States (who joined the war on April 6t