How did the war start ?

1. Pre-war Crises
During the period from 1905-14, several crises occurred in Africa and the Balkans. These crises speeded up the coming of the war:
a. The Moroccan Crises (1905-06 and 1911)
b. The Bosnian Crises (1908)
c. The Balkan Wars (1912-13)

2. The Sarajevo Incident (1914)
Europe was in a state of tension after the Balkan Wars. On June 28, 1914, a Bosnian, Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Ferdinand, Austria-Hungary's future Emperor. This assassination took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital, so it came to be called the Sarajevo Incident. As the assassin was a member of a Serbian group, Austria-Hungary accused Serbia of organising the assassination.

Targets: Arcuduke Ferdinand and his wife
Assassin: Gavrilo Princip

Archduke Ferdinand (left), Archduke Ferdinand's wife (middle), Gavrilo Princip (right)


The following powerpoint is uploaded to help you understand the event.



Let's also watch the following movie clip from youtube to know more about "The Sarajevo Incident".
The Sarajevo Incident

Worksheet 4 - The Sarajevo Incident

1. Archduke Ferdinand :
2. Sarajevo :
3. Sarajevo Incident:
4. Serbia:
5. Gavrilo Princip:

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