Archduke Ferdinand

Good Essays
World War I was a global war that centred in Europe. It began on July 28, 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918. There were many reasons for this war. Three of them include the assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the European countries’ nationalism, and the mutual defense alliances between European countries.
The assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, occurred on July 28, 1914. Ferdinand was next in line for the Austria-Hungary throne when the two were shot by Gavrilo Princip. Princip was part of a Serbian Nationalist-terrorist group called the Black Hand. The Black Hand had close ties to the Serbian Army and protested the Austria-Hungarian control over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The group’s first attempt to kill
…show more content…
Nationalism is a feeling people have when they are loyal to and proud of their country. It is often the belief that their country is better than, and more important than, other countries. Much of the beginning of the war was based on the desire of of the Slavic people in Bosnia and Herzegovina to no longer have to deal with Austria-Hungary but, instead, be a part of Serbia. Through nationalism, the war was extented as each country tried to prove their control and power over the other.
Because each country wanted control and power, they used their mutual defense agreements with other European countries to gain more control. Before, World War I, Russia and Serbia, Germany and Austria-Hungary, France and Russia, and Japan and Britain, all had alliances. If one country was attacked, allied countries were bound to defend the countries that were attacked. Once Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, all the other European countries entered the fight because of these existing alliances. The treaties pulled the new countries into battle, prolonging the war.
While these are just a few reasons for World War I, all three played a major role. Each had significant influnece on the war’s duration and its high number of

Related Documents

  • Good Essays

    1918. It involved nations from around the world killing more than twenty million people and destroying everything. The main reason besides the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand are nationalism, militarism, imperialism, and alliances. Many people believed that this war was caused by the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand. It was the spark to the war but there are many other reasons that led to this war. Some of these reasons happened back in the late 1800’s. Such as Nationalism…

    • 495 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    • 297 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Overview Eva Stammen Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir of the Austria-Hungarian throne, and his wife--Sofia, were assassinated June 28th, 1914. They were murdered in Sarajevo by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. Some are to say that this could be the start of tension between Austria-Hungary, but to the Serbians, this was a sign of Heroism. In the eyes of the Serbians, Princip was just doing their country a favor. He was nationalist-- a person who advocates independence for their country…

    • 297 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Good Essays

    Dying while vacationing on your anniversary seems unimaginable, but that it what happened to the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife. To understand this senseless murder/assassination, one has to examine the 1878 Treaty of Berlin, which recognized Serbia as a sovereign state, but diminished the size of the Kingdom of Serbia and allowed the occupation of Austria-Hungary by Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over the ensuing decades, Serbia’s discontent increased and between 1909 and 1914, Serbian nationalists attempted…

    • 620 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays