The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand

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The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand

Post  MercedesD99 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:13 pm

Background information:
By 1914, Serbia, supported by Russia, was very strong-minded about formulating a large, independent Slavic state in the Balkans. Russia being the leader of the Pan-Slavic movement, which was a movement used to protect Slavic cultures. Austria-Hungary had its own Slavic minorities to handle and was determined to prevent the Pan-Slavism from happening.

About the assassination:
On June 28, 1914, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, next up for the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife Sophia visited the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia. There, a group of conspirators waited in the streets. One of those conspirators was a 19-year-old Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip. He was a member of a Serbian terrorist organization, called the Black hand, that wanted Bosnia to be independent of Austria-Hungary and to become a part of a larger Serbian empire.

Another assassination attempt made, by one of the other conspirators of the Black Hand, earlier that day failed. Later in the day, Gavrilo Princip prevailed in murdering the Archduke and his wife by shooting them. The Austro-Hungarian government did not know, nor did they care, if the Serbian government had something to do with the assassination.

Personal opinion:
I think that if Archduke Franz Ferdinand was more intelligent, he wouldn't have been killed. Like Mr. Fisher had mentioned in class, he didn't listen to his advisors about how it wasn't safe to be in an open top car, yet he did it anyway; or how the first assassination failed because the bomb that was thrown under their car and didn't succeed, and his advisors told him it wasn't safe for him, he still didn't listen and did what he wanted. If the Archduke wasn't assassinated, I'm almost 100% sure that World War I would never have happened.

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http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=22877
Mr. Fisher's PowerPoint and class notes

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Re: The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand

Post  Maya Luisa on Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:37 pm

Nice topic. The assassination of the archduke Francis Ferdinand, who was not actually emperor yet but was waiting to become it and they assumed he would be crowned emperor very soon because his uncle (who was ruling at the time) was very old and seemed as though he might die soon, was actually the spark that started a world war. It is crazy to think that something so insignificant had such drastic and horrible causes, loads of deaths, destruction of the countries involved and even lead to a second world war. The alliances were a main cause of the first world war, as we have recently learned in world history class.
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