Assasination

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Assasination

Category : Causes of WWI

The assassination of Archduke France Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was definitely the most immediate cause of WWI. Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant wife Sophia were assassinated by a young man named Gavrilo Princip who was in a Serbian terrorist group, The Black Hand. He was murdered when he was visiting Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovnia (Assassination of Franz Ferdinand, historyonthenet).

After he was killed, Austria-Hungary send an Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his Wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenbergultimatum to Serbia to ask for compensation, if not Austria-Hungary will immediately start war with Serbia. However, Serbia didn’t agree with the ultimatum so in July 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

Since Russia was allied to Serbia, Russia helped Serbia to mobilize Austria-Hungary’s border. By the time Austria-Hungary was in the alliance with Germany, so Germany soon declared war on Russia to help Austria-Hungary. Since then the war began to expand because both of the two allies were involved.
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