Franz Ferdinand

May 22, 2012 | In: World War I

As i said, i can assure you that Franz Ferdinand isn’t just a rock and roll band. But what exactly did Franz Ferdinand that influenced such an enormous event?!

It’s the 28th of June, 1914 in Sarajevo. The heir of the Austro-hungarian Empire is assasined by The Black Hand, an extreme right nationalist serbian gang. In fact, it’s kind of disturbing how some extremist gang from Eastern Europe had the power to change the world. It’s an example that if there’s a will, there’s a way, but in the worst possible way.

Needless to say, Franz Josef, the Austro-hungarian emperor, didn’t love his son, Ferdinand, very much. Maybe that’s why his response came three weeks after the tragic event. Along with it, the begging of the end came. The Serbian Government is thought to have had some links with the Black Hand and Franz Josef accused the state of murdering his son. The emperor crushed the nationalist movement and gained a lot of influence in the Balkan Region.

With a strong belief that the Serbian State ordered the killing of his son, Franz Josef wrote an ultimatum that included extraordinary harsh conditions. He did that with full confidence that Serbia wouldn’t agree with it, and after that, declaring war was just a matter of time. Furthermore, the germans encouraged the Emperor’s actions in this directions.

As expected, the Serbian Government didn’t agree with Austro-Hungaria’s terms, but being strongly linked with the russians, they reached for the Tzar’s protection. Having many interests too, in Europe, he immediately agreed and declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

That was the first action from a chain of events that ultimately forced many countries around the world to declare war on each other.

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