The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand In 1914

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World War 1 was the first global conflict as it was a struggle between the leading world powers in Europe that had colonised the 19th century. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Bosnia, heir to the Austrian-Hungary throne was a major trigger factor that led to the World War breaking out. It initially began as a European quarrel caused by the rivalry between nations which led to a series of mobilisations. In addition, there were many other vital factors to consider and these include Imperialism, Nationalism, Alliances and Militarism. This essay will explain how the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 triggered a number of events that led to the outbreak of World War 1. To begin with, I believe the assassination was one of the immediate causes for the World War breaking out in July 1914. Firstly, Bosnia was under control of the Austrian-Hungary Empire. However, the Serbs wanted to be free to live together in their own country and to be completely independent of the Austrian-Hungary Empire. They wanted to break free from their control. The Black Hand was a Serbian secret society that was formed in 1911 whose sole mission was to help Serbia break free from Austria-Hungary. A courageous member of the Black Hand society, Gavrilo Princip succeeded in assassinating Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie on June,28th 1914 after his driver took a wrong turn in Bosnia. Subsequently, Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia for this and tensions rose due to immense rivalry

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