On August 3, 1914, France and Germany declared war on each other. This broadened the conflict that began a week earlier with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Yugoslavian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. The conflict soon escalated into World War I.The so-called “Great War” soon grew even more global. The war was dominated by European empires, specifically those of the Allied Powers (the British Empire, France, and the Russian Empire) and the Central Powers (the German Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Ottoman Empire). Soon, however, nations such as the United States, Japan, and Greece (on the Allied side); and Bulgaria and Darfur (on the Central side) joined the conflict. World War I saw battles throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, and the island of New Guinea.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry assassination Noun
murder of someone of political importance.
to become or make wider.
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
to state clearly, in formal terms.
to overpower or control.
group of nations, territories or other groups of people controlled by a single, more powerful authority.
political unit made of people who share a common territory.
Encyclopedic Entry: nation nationalist Noun
person who identifies strongly with promoting the independence (and sometimes the superiority) of their nation.
long, deep depression, either natural or man-made.
large-scale armed conflict.
tool to hurt or combat an opponent.
World War I Noun
(1914-1918) armed conflict between the Allies (led by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France) and the Central Powers (led by Germany and Austria-Hungary). Also called the Great War.