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Did WW1 Start Because of Gavrilo Princip

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Started: 6/6/2014 Category: Society
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Did WW1 Start because of Gavrilo Princip.

Gavrilo Assassinated Franz Ferdinand which coused The Austrian-Hungarian empire against Serbia to reclaim Bosnia. Then The other Countries Allies Joined In.

Do you think that The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand started WW1


I'd like to start by initiating some of the social and political attitudes towards the much reputed Franz Ferdinand, before following with a systemic breakdown of the assassination per se.

Throughout Franz Ferdinand's upbringing, he never received the respect and admiration of the public. After the reign of his nephew Franz Joseph came to an end, Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, came to power. The Austro-Hungarians did not acknowledge the state of power of Franz Ferdinand and did not show humility in his presence. One dominant reason for this was Franz Ferdinand's predilection to help the Slavs. He proposed a system of trialism that implicated Tripartite Monarchy to replace the existing Dual Monarchy. In addition to promote public apathy, he married a commonwealth woman by the name of Sophie. The emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire even remarked posthumously to the death of Franz Ferdinand and his spouse Sophie, 'It is God's judgement and punishment of marrying a commonwealth girl'. The social and political atmosphere did not work in favor of Franz Ferdinand, and when an assassination plan was set into motion, the public did not see it as an immediate threat to their wellbeing. Thus, much tactfulness on behalf of Franz Ferdinand's protectors spring boarded the death of he and his wife. The 'Unification or Death' terrorist organization, better known as the Black Hand employed a small party of members to assassinate the man and his wife. The only successful assassination was made by Gavrillo Princip, who was sentenced to life in prison and then furthermore died of sickness.

The logical breakdown of the atmosphere in which the killing occurred is intended to convey the strong political and social apathy of the killing of the crowned prince. Even after the death of Franz Ferdinand, the public did not show any remorse, nor did it make any public impact; the newspapers did not put into print, their were few if no broadcasts about the death and life continued as if nothing out of the ordinary had transpired.

The only effect it had in political and diplomatic terms was an excuse for the Austro-Hungarian empire to effectively put and end to Slavic nationalism and an excuse to invade Serbia.

The assassination of Franz Ferdinand by Gavrillo Princip was a minor factor in the grand scheme of socio-political rouses and contributed in a subtle manner to the Austro-Hungarian declaration of war on Serbia.
Debate Round No. 1


Yes i do agree. But only because Austria wanted Bolivia and the people of Serbia were not agreeing

my argument is clear Gavrilo was unhappy because of what The Austrian-Hungarian empire wanted to do. He then planed to assassinate him. But i am realizing that there were other reasons on why WW1 started such as gaining an empire, germany and france trying to be better than each other, but the Assassination of Franz was the fuse of WW1 and Gavrilo Lit it


I would like to clarify the proposition to a greater extent then previously mentioned:

It queries whether Gavrilo Princip was the root cause of World War 1.

Gavrilo Princip was a mercenary and bourgeoisie fellow who worked for the Unification or Death organization. When he killed Sophie and her husband with a handgun, he tried to flee. When he was caught by Austro-Hungarian patrollers he tried to swallow a cyanide capsule. The patrollers allegedly waited for him to end his own fate as he was not of significant worth for interrogation and break down of the leader of the group. Alas, the cyanide capsule was too old and it did not kill him. The patrollers imprisoned him with minimal interrogation; he died of tuberculosis while incarcerated. As you can see, the Austro-Hungarian officials didn't think much of him and neglected to question him for the murder of their own crowned prince. He was of so little value to the officials that he was immediately headed to prison; this also proves that he was a small pinprick in the grand scheme of things and that he little if not any altered the tides of war.

If you were going to blame the eruption of war on a single individual who holds power over the mercenaries (such as Princip) it would be Dimitrijevic, who was the man who initially planned the operation for the killing of the Archduke.

He was the mastermind behind the schemes and there were many operations from different countries that targeted the man. He was a large pinpoint during the opening phases of the war, and he undoubtedly held a more pivotal role in the rousing of the war than Princip. He hired Princip to do his dirty work and as a result, he was targeted by Austro-Hungarian officials who suspected him of connection to extremist parties. His name popped up everywhere and he was given an infamous role, in the uprising of the Serbs.

Once again, please hear me out. Princip was a small man that was being manipulated by many stronger adversaries that were controlling his actions. If the 'Black Hand' did not exist back then, then Princip would have not been scolded to bid the killings and there would be no monetary or credence incentive to do so.

All in all, the public apathy of the time and the killing of the Archduke was a primitive and subtle factor of the uprising of World War 1.
Debate Round No. 2


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