[War (usually) is STUPID! Even if you’re the big, rich, powerful country, the unintended consequences can strip you of your wealth – or even destroy your country. Here’s a brief account of Austria’s downfall as it caused World War I. -Bob ]
By Samantha James – Re-Blogged From The Historical Diaries
The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War One
The most common knowledge of what caused World War One is the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria- Hungary and his pregnant wife Sophie. The Archduke was heir presumptive to the Austrian throne. The couple ended up being shot to death June 28, 1914 while visiting Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip. This definitely angered the Austrian government but it is debated about how much. The country took three weeks to react to the death of their heir and had plenty of other motives to want to bring about a war. This reason is territory in what is known as The Balkans. It was literally un-owned due to the fall of The Ottoman Empire. Austria was looking to bring about a preventive war against Serbia for the land. It had originally been lost during The Balkan War.