In history with Lenny Ambrosini, we had to write an essay answering the question: “Did the assassination of Franz Ferdinand make the war inevitable?”
This is the essay…
Essay Writing: History
In our History class with Lenny Ambrosini, we had to write an essay answering this question:
“Did the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand make the European war inevitable?”
There are two answers to this question. One of them explains why this cause was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the other answer explains why this event isn’t the only cause why the war started. The question will be answered in this essay.
Yes, because Franz Ferdinand was heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire. He was supposed to be A-H’s next leader but he was assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The assassin, Gavrilo Princip, was a member of a Serbian Nationalist Group. This event annoyed the Austro-Hungarians so much that they declared war on Serbia. Russia was going to protect Serbia, Austria-Hungary had her alliances and Russia had her’s. So this made the war practically inevitable.
No, because there were many other causes that created suspiciousness and tension before the war started. To start off, we have the Treaty of London, which declared that Great Britain was to protect Belgium. Alsace-Lorraine, a very valuable state speaking in industrial terms, was located there. This treaty was signed in 1839 and in those days A-L was conquered by France but 31 years later, during the Franco-Prussian War, Germany overtook A-L. this created one of many rivalries between many countries of Europe. Also, these countries were afraid of being attacked so they created alliances with a defensive intention: the “Triple Alliance” formed by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary and the “Triple Entente” formed by Great Britain, Russia and France. This created a lot of tension but there’s more. There were some events dealing with imperialism such as the first and second moroccan crisis and the Balkan’s crisis. These are many reasons why the murder of Franz Ferdinand isn’t the only cause that started with the Great War.
All in all, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was a cause that did and didn’t lead to the start of World War 1.