Throughout history, there have been several conflicts that have disturbed the peace in various areas. One of these gruesome events happens to be World War I, which was evoked by many different causes. The most significant and immediate causes of this catastrophe was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. Numerous nations were involved in this war, and two examples of opposing forces are Germany and Russia. World War I was resolved to an extent with the Treaty of Versailles, but it was not entirely settled. This is clear because World War II was a result of World War I.
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife was definitely the most significant cause of the calamity that is World War I. Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro- Hungarian throne, was simply visiting Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unfortunately, a secret Serbian society known as the Black Hand awaited the Archduke’s arrival. This nationalist group targeted Ferdinand due to the feeling amongst Serbians that once appointed to the throne; Ferdinand would uphold the persecution of Serbs inhabiting the borders of the Austro- Hungarian Empire. Gavrilo Princip was one of eight members of the Black Hand chosen to execute Franz Ferdinand. Unloading two shots, Princip had assassinated both Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. Seized by the police, he was beaten and put into prison, and there he died. The shots of this young man echoed all over the world to initiate the explosion of World War I.
Following the assassination, Austria- Hungary was ready to declare war on Serbia, whom they believed was responsible for the death of Ferdinand. Without the support of Germany, Austria- Hungary probably would not have attacked Serbia. In a telegram known as the Blank Check, Germany assured Austria- Hungary of their support. The alliance with Germany was enough encouragement for them to provoke Serbia with threats. On the other hand, Serbia was allied with Russia, who was ready for war. Soon after, Germany declared war on Russia, and on France, which was Russia’s ally. Then, Germany invaded Belgium as a commencement to invading France. As a result, Great Britain declared war on Germany. This chain of events began World War I, or the Great War as it was known at the time. Ultimately this war involved Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, the United States, Germany, Austria- Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria.
Germany, along with several other countries, had reasons for involvement in the war. Like all of the other countries, nationalism was a strong factor in entering the war. That sentiment made it easier to convince people to fight. During the spring of 1914, great enthusiasm existed throughout Europe, including Germany. Austria- Hungary was also the traditional ally of Germany, so when Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, Germany must have felt obligated to help. In addition, the Kaiser hoped that the war would put the public behind the...