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Franz Ferdinand:
In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

The assassination of Franz Ferdinand was a trigger for WW1, but imperialism, nationalism, militarism and alliances were the major causes of WW1. Many countries had strong interest to expand their empire by colonizing smaller countries. A good example of this was the colonization of Bosnia by Austria-Hungary, which eventually led to the killing of Franz Ferdinand. While imperialists felt that they had the right to colonize other countries, nationalists fought hard to defend their sense of identity. Nationalist groups like the Black Hand were in place to fight against imperialist. The conflict between nationalists and imperialists generated tensions between many nations. These tensions forced many countries to build up their arsenal. Moreover, Germany and Great Britain were in a tight arms race. The militarism in Europe was like adding fuel to a blazing fire. The supplies and equipments were sufficient for a devastating war. As militarism intensifies and war began to look imminent, countries formed alliances to ensure themselves a sense of security in a gloomy environment. However, these alliances drew many countries into WW1. One country's aggression turned into an all-out war, which was the case with WW1. Nationalism and imperialism together caused the shooting of Franz Ferdinand. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand was a message to the imperialists: Bosnia will not be colonized without a fight. Other countries were linked into this conflict through alliances. Also, militarism created the weapons that grew this conflict into a massive war. Nationalism, imperialism, alliances and militarism are the reasons for WW1 as well as the death of Franz Ferdinand.

J.Huang
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