Causes of wars

For each war, identify the correct spark or underlying factors that caused it.
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1. World War II
The German invasion of Austria
The German Invasion of Belgium
The German Invasion of Poland
The German Invasion of Czechoslovakia
2. World War I
The Intercepted telegram from Germany to Mexico asking Mexico to go to war with the United States
The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
The Bolshevik Revolution
The Attack on the Lusitania
3. The American Civil War
The capturing of slaves in the South and freeing them in the North
The disputed election of Abraham Lincoln
The Southern States practicing their rights to declare war on the North
After the secession of the South, the North illegally moving ammunitions to a disputed fort.
4. The Taiping Rebellion
A British-aided uprising in Guangzhou meant to open ports for trading
The self-proclaimed brother of Jesus claiming his holy kingdom and conquering
A group of radicals upset by the Japanese annexation of Manchuria
Tibetan Buddhists moving to Xinjiang and subsequently revolting
5. The War of the Roses
The disputed succession of the throne after the death of Edward III
A Welsh war of independence from the United Kingdom
The coup d'etat of Oliver Cromwell is met with resistance
The Scottish King cutting Queen Elizabeth I's hand with an extra-thorny rose meant to be a gift
6. Punic Wars
The reason is unknown
Julius Caesar claimed Carthaginian land, and Roman citizens immediately started travelling there to settle.
Disputed claims over a Sicilian city-state
Illyrians declaring war on Macedonia, who then called their Crimean allies, causing Illyria to call Rome. Crimea then called Gallia into the war, and in order to invade Gallia, Rome invaded through Burgundia. Due to an old treaty, Carthage declared war on Rome in order to protect Burgundia.
7. Seven Year's War
Britain and France contesting land ownership in North America
France declares war on Portugal in order to gain access to their large tungsten supplies
Prussia declares war on Austria, resulting in Austria calling in various allies across the world to join their side.
A large amount of conflicts over colonial prominence as well as Prussia seeking greater dominance in central Europe
8. An Lushan Rebellion
General An Lushan led a revolt once he lost the trust of emperor Xuanzong in order to gain power.
After the Opium Wars, discontent with the ruling class led An Lushan to lead a rebellion
The ever-increasing threat of the Mongol Empire led General An Lushan to split away from China in an attempt to save his homeland
In an effort to draw Chinese volunteer troops away from Korea, the United States secretly funded a rebellion in Southern China led by An Lushan
9. The Wars of the Diadochi
Various warlords vying for power after the Bronze Age Collapse
The death of Alexander the Great
The Early Roman Empire warring with other kingdoms in the Apennines
A series of internal rebellions in the Sasanian Empire as the Zoroastrians and Muslims fought for control
10. Wars of the Three Kingdoms (British, not Chinese)
Scotland, England, and Ireland, united under the same king, war against each other over various issues involving policy, religion, et cetera.
The houses of Lancaster, York, and Blois fight over the contested succession of Charles I
Ireland, England, and Scotland war for control over the Isle of Man, an important strategic position.
The Normans, Celts, and Saxons fight for centuries for total control of the British Isles.
11. Great Northern War
Upon the discovery of Oil in the North Polar regions, the United States, United Kingdoms, Soviet Union, Canada, and Denmark fight for dominance in the region
The kingdoms of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Novgorod, and Livonia fight a series of wars over dominance of the Scandinavian Peninsula
When the large Swedish Empire's monarchy shifted to the young Charles XII, Russia, Denmark-Norway, and Saxony took the chance to challenge Northern Supremacy.
A series of conquests by the Vikings
12. Crimean War
The Russian Federation seizing the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine for economic reasons
The revolution of a Crimean state led by Protestant minorities, gaining support from the French and British Empires
The Byzantine Empire's holdings in Crimea are challenged by the Mongol Conquests, resulting in a European coalition forming against the Empire.
Initially between France, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire over the rights of religious minorities in the Holy Land, it eventually became about preventing Russia from gaining more power.
13. Indian Rebellion of 1857
An accumulation of resentments in the Indian populations against British Colonial Rule resulted in war
The murder of the Mughal Prince Bahadur by British colonists resulted in proponents of Mughal royalty to revolt
As British military forces were focused on the Thirty Years' war, the decreased occupation of India led to a revolution for those who wanted self-rule.
Upon the death of William IV, many Indian nationalists refused to be ruled by Queen Victoria and rebelled.
14. United States Invasion of Afghanistan
A response to the September 11th attacks, aiming to dismantle the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, supported by members of NATO.
After a disagreement with Saudi Arabia involving oil prices, the United States invaded Afghanistan in order to gain access to Oil
After adopting a Socialism-styled government and economic system, The United States invaded in order to avoid a "domino effect" scenario, where neighboring countries adopt similar ideologies.
In order to extend its territory further Westward, the United States first needed to conquer Afghanistan
15. War of the Bucket
A bucket was stolen from Bologna
Economic rivalries sparked a battle in a bucket-shaped valley
A bucket was stolen from Modena
The castle of Monteveglio was taken by Modena
16. Lord's Resistance Army Insurgency
The self-proclaimed brother of Jesus raised militia and declared war on the Central African Republic
Joseph Kony claimed to be the spokesperson of God and aimed to take over the Ugandan Government
Belgian General James Ensor declared the Prince Leopold his illegitimate son and began a royalist revolution
The Catholic Knightly order of Livonia began a revolt after the region became dominantly Calvinist
17. Conquest of the Desert
Saudi Arabian wars against various kingdoms in Southeast Arabia for dominance in the region
The Mongol Empire's first major war against Qara-Khitai, mainly occurring in the Gobi Desert
An Argentine expedition to take the Patagonian desert from Indigenous populations.
A holy war of the Latter-Day saints against the indigenous Ute people
18. Peloponnesian War
The growing Athenian power resulted in a league of Greek city-states (mainly Sparta) and the Persian empire attacking them to curb their power
The Spanish wars reclaiming the Iberian Peninsula
The wars of Alexander the Great's Empire conquering modern-day Greece
An uprising in Sparta resulted in a large war involving most of the Greek city-states
19. Holy Man's Rebellion
Shortly after the formation of the Anglican church, a Catholic rebellion started Ireland
A Puritan uprising in Connecticut shortly after the formation of the United States against the separation of church and state
Groups of Protestants in the Papal States resenting the Catholic Leadership and revolting
A rebellion by the Phu Mi Bun religious group in French Siam aiming to install their sorcerer as leader of the world
20. Russo-Japanese War
After the sinking of the Kamchatka by the Danish wrongly believed to be done by the Japanese
A Japanese-aided insurgency in Vladivostok led to full war between the two powers
Tsar Nicholas II's mismanagement of Russia resulted in unresolved border disputes with Japan, leading to war.
Japan invaded the Soviet Union in order avoid a "domino effect" scenario in which its neighboring countries also fall to communism
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Nov 6, 2021
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