Ask Mr. Donn
World War I
Why did the war happen, not the event that started it, the underlying cause?
Like most wars, World War I, the Great War, was fought because of economics or money. The major powers involved either had or wanted colonies. Colonies were a source of raw materials and a place to sell finished or manufactured goods. If you had colonies, you wanted to keep them. If you had only a few colonies or no colonies, you wanted them or more of them. Causes of World War I