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The American people believed they had seized the idea of "the shot heard around the world" if the first shot was fired at the American Revolution. The notion was then falsified when Gavrilo Princip shot and killed the Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, along with his wife. This 1 shot of violence started a "war to end all wars." However, what would be the hidden motives that began World War I. How can two small countries petty affairs start a war so large that ultimately nations from every civilized continent would participate? Through the various institutes, acts of imperialism, - that the plan of prolonging the rule or authority of an empire or state over foreign nations, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies (Dictionary.com), militarism, - the principle or policy of keeping a large military institution (Dictionary.com), and nationalism, - the policy or doctrine of asserting that the interests of a person's own country, seen as separate from the interests of other countries or the common interests of all countries (Dictionary.com), and these numerous countries had set a point for a cataclysmic end. Alliances formed by the states helped lead to the entire war. If Germany did not defend Austria-Hungary, Russia defend Serbia, and France and the uk help Russia, this war would not have been so large. However due to the alliances formed by these nations, they were bound to aid one another. This also contributes to members of opposing alliances blaming one another. (doc 4) This left German blaming Russia for helping Serbia, Austria blaming Serbia for the assassination, and England and France to attribute Germany. Later Belgium and the United States could combine the entente (to be afterwards known as allies) also requesting Germany. Furthermo...