Assignment 1: Major Causes Of World War One

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Major Cause of World War One
Doro D’Andrea June 6 2015

Before I continue on this assignment I would like to define two of the words that will be mentioned frequently:nationalism, and terrorism. Nationalism is a belief or political ideology that involves an individual identifying with, or becoming attached to, one's nation. It is also the feeling that the nation is superior than others. The main concept is patriotic feelings. Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

The case/incident that will be mentioned routinely will be the assassination of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, one …show more content…

The assassination was executed by Gavrilo Princip, a nineteen year old Bosnian Serb and member of the Black Hand secret society. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's South Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Yugoslavia. The assassination led directly to the First World War when Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war. It will be mentioned because of it’s direct cause and effect on the first world war. The assassination of Franz-Ferdinand and Sophie set off a rapid chain of events: Austria-Hungary, like many in countries around the world, blamed the Serbian government for the attack and hoped to use the incident as justification for settling the question of

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