The beginning of the WW I

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28. July 1914

In the beginning of the XX century, Europe was engulfed in arms race. Major players were more and more interested in redividing economical and political areas.

Germany held especially grand imperialistic ambitions, leading the contemporary world economy, and thus wanting to rise its importance both in Europe and in the world. The possibility of a war breaking out was very real, and the right moment presented itself soon.

On June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist, murdered the heir to throne of Austria-Hungary, Franz Ferdinand and his wife (see image).

Austria blamed the government and nationalists of Serbia, and presented them with an unacceptable ultimatum. Tries to end the conflict with peaceful means failed, and in July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

Germany, an ally to Austria-Hungary, and Russia, supporter of Serbia, announced mobilization, and on July 31, Germany declared war on Russia. Few days later, Germany pulled France into the conflict and invaded it, passing through neutral Belgium. This event forced also Great Britain to intervene, and the First World War had began.

Image source: http://thestar.com.my/archives/2008/1/27/lifefocus/sm_04franz.jpg  


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