Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

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Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Born in Graz, Austria 1863Third in line to Austria-Hungarian throneMarried Sophie Chotek von Chotkova in 1900Fathered three childrenAssassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia on June 28, 1914 by Serbian nationalists known as "The Black Hand"(Duffy)

The impact of the assassination...The assassination was the spark that ignited the war, but it was not the only cause, it could easily have been something else to draw Europe into a war. The assassination was a short-term trigger. The war that broke out over the assassination could have been a localised one but the alliances would not allow that to happen it had to be the start of a world war.

The goal of the Black Hand was to create a unified and greater Serbia through violence and rejected all peaceful methods of achieving their arms (



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The Impact

The Assassin

Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassin was Gavrilo Princip, a 19 year old Serbian nationalist. Too young to face the death penalty for shooting the Archduke and wife, he was sentenced 20 years in prison. He soon died of disease and neglect in April 1918 (


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