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The Death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Ferdinand, the man in line for the head of the throne of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, was killed on June 28, 1914 in Serbia. Soon after, Serbia allowed Austria to investigate the assassination. Austria quickly created an ultimatum in which they proposed to Serbia to eliminate all anti-Austrian propaganda and create a list of top government officials that they will fire, but Serbia refused to meet demands and in 30 days after the shooting Austria declared war in Serbia. Soon after Germany followed with a declared war on Serbia as well. This spark to the already prepared match in the Balkan Peninsula has lead to the formation of two main alliances in preparation for one of the most pivotal points in history.

Photo by Carl Pietzner

Tangled Alliances

As the many men and women begin to battle for their homeland our readers must first understand the multitude of alliances that have been made. Germany has waged war against Serbia due to their alliance with the Austria-Hungary Empire, but also for their militaristic character. However, as these militaristic powers began to arise other European nations like Russia, France, and Britain have urged that these nations, or the Triple Alliance, to settle down in their efforts of a massive war. Russia, France, and Britain or the Triple Entente have had conflict with Germany before. For example, France and Germany were very tense as the Franco-Prussian War erupted in 1870. Other countries like Russia, who have had conflict with Germany's organization of troops in the Ottoman Empire blocking off their trade routes, have made enemies with the nation. Britain and France have also remained allies since 1904 when the start of the First Morocco Crisis began in Africa. These foregoing ties, promises, and alliances have all made a tangled web as displayed in the diagram below, leading to what will soon become one of the largest wars in world history.

Photo by Ja'Quan Slade

Ethnic Tension and Rise of Nationalism in the Balkans

For centuries the nations that reside in the Balkan Peninsula have remained in conflict for their nation's own interest. This had made each nation on edge for quiet some time, simply needing just one key event to spark a flame in this already heating up geographical location. More importantly, with the decline of the Ottoman Empire many nations in this area are beginning to seek freedom from years of control. Those who seek freedom often begin to spread nationalistic ideas to their fellow countrymen, thus adding just more tension in the Balkans. With Russia's long promise to aid Serbia along with France's alliance with Russia Serbia's defense looks quiet fortified. However, with the impressive militaristic powerhouse that Germany remains to be, only time will tell how monumental and devastating this war will be to the European continent.

Photo by West Shore High School

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