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World War One: The Assassination Of Archduke Ferdinand

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There were three main causes leading up to World War 1, but it wasn't until June 28, 1914 the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand triggered World War 1 which began on July 28, 1914.The main causes leading to World War 1 were: The Rise of Nationalism, Build-up of Military might, and system of military alliances. Europe avoided major wars in the 100 years before world War 1 began. In the 1800s, nationalism swept across the continent that help bring about the Great War. Nationalism led to the creation of two new powers - Italy and Germany - through the uniting of several small states. On the other hand, nationalism weakened the eastern European empires of Austria-Hungary, Russia, and ...view middle of the document...

These three things were major factors that lead to War World 1 breaking out.Two bullets shot on a Sarajevo street on a June morning set in motion a series of events that shaped the world we live in today. Archduke Ferdinand: heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his wife Sophie were shot to death as they rode through the city of Sarajevo in a motorcade. They were returning from an official visit City Hall in Sarajevo. They were unaware that there were seven members of the Black Hand ( a Serbian terrorist group) joining the crowd that lined the streets. Although he could speed past the first few conspirators, the road had sharp turn at a bridge over the river of Nilgacka, giving the leader of the conspiracy an amazing opportunity to fire the two shots. The first shot that Garilo Princip took struck Archduchess Sofia in the abdomen. She was an expectant mother and died instantly. The second bullet struck the Archduke close to the heart. He uttered "Sophie dear, Sophie dear, don't die! Stay alive for our children." Then his head fell back and he collapsed. He died almost instantly.World War 1 began on July 28, 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Because of Austria-Hungary's alliance with Germany, Serbia seeked help from Russia. In 1914 Russia vowed to stand behind Serbia, but Russia...

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