The Domino Effect

Edited by: JP Silva, Spencer King, Daniel Xiao, Christian Vu, Terry Young, and Erich Kull


     News is spreading through the world that Archduke Francis Ferdinand was just recently killed by a Serbian Nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Reports state that the Archduke and queen were shot by a group of assassins to protest Austria-Hungary from controlling the region. Serbia wanted to take over Bosnia and Herzegovina but Austria-Hungary had the control of these countries. The only way to free these countries for control was by killing Franz Ferdinand. The Balkan region was already a political minefield before the shooting, which eventually created a domino effect that dragged Europe, and eventually the entire world, into war.This led to Austria-Hungary declaring war on the Kindom of Serbia as a retaliation to the murder of the ruler. Subsequently Russia began to mobilize their troops to defend their ally, Serbia. Seeing that Russia was entering the war Germany followed quick and joined Austria-Hungary. Reports state that several countries in Europe are joining the war effort most of which are joining the group called the Allied Powers.

Franz Ferdinand

Defend Your Country

     Every person loves the country they live in and will do any means necessary to make their country the best possible. People have a natural desire for improvement and growth or else what would be the purpose of life? Citizens of their country are willing to give their life for their country if that means it will help. Troops for their perspective countries are beginning to mobilize for what is called World War I. Sides are being chosen and alliances are being formed as the battle for Europe plays out. On one side is the Allied Powers of France, Britain, Russia, Italy, Japan and Serbia. On the side of the Central Powers is Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. Tempers grow as citizens of each country are taking a stand to defend what they love. Countries are mobilizing for the fight for power and control to prove that they are the greatest country. Nationalism is playing a big role in this war because there is a fight for who has more resources or training, but a question of who wants it more?


    President Wilson demands that congress declares war on Germany which would mean they are entering into World War I joining the Allied Powers. The first blow was taken by Germany when the Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat. Wilson originally held his ground in staying neutral to keep the United States out of the war, but more tension begins to build as the British intercepted a telegram of what is called the Zimmerman Note. The note was sent from the German Foreign Secratery, George Zimmerman and was intended for Mexico. Germany wanted Mexico to join the war so that the United States would be occupied with a war in North America instead of the war in Europe. This started the gradual assent into World War I for the US. But finally on April 1, 1917 the last straw is taken and the US declares war. The US ship the Aztec was destroyed by German ships which in turn angered President Wilson. Wilson immediately entered congress and requested the declaration for way with Germany stating, "But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts -- for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free." Congress passed the movement to enter the war and they would do so in 1917.

Trench Warfare

"European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion." -Virginia Postrel

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