How the Disaster Started
By: Iliana, Ryan, Nathan, Kevin, Kyler
On June 28th 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated at Sarajevo. Although the common belief is that this is the main cause of WW1, many historians believe that there were multiple other factors. Germany and Austria are commonly considered the instigators of WWI. Russia decided that it was time for war with Germany. They brought France into it in an attempt to make Germany have to fight a two front war. Whole empires were destroyed and societies brutalized. Many world war 1 veterans are still haunted, "partly because of the sheer scale of the carnage—10 million combatants killed and many more wounded".
Germany and Austria-Hungary were known as the Central Powers because they are neighboring countries in the center of Europe. Russia and France are geographically located on either side of Germany. France to the west and Russia to the east. The United Kingdom (UK) is a separate island to the northwest of continental Europe. Due to each of these three countries' large size and military/naval force (UK Royal Navy), the UK, France, and Russia made up the Triple Entente. Smaller countries such as Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark remained neutral because of their weak militarized comparatively to Germany and Austria-Hungary.
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