Sarajevo on 28 June 1914.
Austro-Hungary – he feared war with Austria-Hungary should an assassination attempt be successful.
the good of your speeches? I come to
Sarajevo on a visit, and I get bombs thrown at me. It is outrageous!”
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“There is no need carrying me to another prison. My life is already ebbing away. I suggest you nailed me to a cross and burn me alive. My flaming body will be a torch to light my people to the path of freedom”
The war drew in all the world’s economic great powers, assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (based on the Triple Entente of the United Kingdom, France and the Russian Empire) and the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary.
Although Italy had also been a member of the Triple Alliance alongside Germany and Austria-Hungary, it did not join the Central Powers, as Austria-Hungary had taken the offensive against the terms of the alliance. These alliances were reorganised and expanded as more nations entered the war: Italy, Japan and the United States joined the Allies, and the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria the Central Powers. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history.
As explained above, the trigger for war was the 28 June 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo.
Folorunsho-Francis with additional contribution from CNN and WW1 portals