The Beginning of a Long, Bloody War
By: Kathleen, Candy, Karla, Jahnay, and Alexa
BREAKING NEWS!!!! Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire was assassinated on June 28, 1914 by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia. His death has been known as the catalyst that started World War 1 because it set off a rapid-chain of events. But is Franz Ferdinand that much of an important person that he can start a global war? No, he might have been an important person to the Austro-Hungarian empire but not important enough to start a war. There were also other factors that contributed to World War 1. Ferdinand's assassination finally gave Austro-Hungary a reason to go to war with Serbia, a long time enemy. "On July 23, Austria presented Serbia with an ultimatum containing a series of demands"(infoplease). Serbia didn't agree to all the points so Austro-Hungary declared war on them on July 28, just 5 days after trying to negotiate. Nationalism was another leading cause of the war. As many of us know natiosnlism has the power to unite and destroy an entire empire. "Nationalism had brought the unification of Germany by "blood and iron," and France, deprived of Alsace and Lorraine by the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, had been left with its own nationalistic cult seeking revenge against Germany"(infoplease).The final cause of World War 1 were the entangling alliances. The reason that it was such a global war was becuase many countries were either on Austia-Hungary's side or Serbia's. The countries part of the Triple Alliance were Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. The countires part of the Triple Entente were Britain, France,Russia, and Serbia.