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  • Europe by 1914
  • Europe by 1914
  • Assassination of Franz Ferdinand 
  • The European states made a international order and a even level of power at the Congress of Vienna that had lasted them a century. However, by 1914 various forces were trying to ruin it. 
  • Assassination of Franz Ferdinand 
  • Russia enters an alliance with France due to their anger created from the german annexation of their lands after the Franco-Purssian War and also Great Britain. Great Britian was growing scared for the navy since The German navy's growth. 
  • The Road to World War I
  • The archduke and his wife were touring  the city of Sarajevo with low security in an open car. It was strange for the couple to not have high security. To their surprise a bomb was thrown at the vehicle by a nationalist but bounced off. 
  • The Road to World War I 
  • However, later on  the car took a wrong turn and Princip fired at the vehicle. He was swarmed by a crowd until the police arrived. The royal couple was rushed to get medical attention but unfortunately died an hour later. 
  • Austria-Hungary decided it was necessary to enforce their authority due to the crime occurring. However, with the threat of Russia they were expecting a large war which they were not prepared for.  So, Emperor Franz Josef wrote to Krasier Wilhelm requesting support. He was later informed that Vienna has Germany's full support. 
  • Later Germany declares war on Russia due to their hearing of Russia's general mobilization and then later declares war on Russia's ally, France.  
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