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Was Serbia responsible for the First World War?

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Started: 2/13/2014 Category: Miscellaneous
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First round is for acceptance.


Franz Ferdinand was murdered by a Serbian assasin at the time Europe was like a barrel of gun powder just waiting for someone to light a match when Germany confronted Serbia about the assassination (violently of course) it triggered a system of pacts... Serbia were allies with Russia if I remember correctly and Russia protected them... And germany who also has allies called their allies aswel in that way all of europe was locked in war
Debate Round No. 1


Just because Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serbian doesn't mean the entire country of Serbia was responsible. Just a Serbian man was.

Germany confronted Serbia over the assassination because they were close allies with Austria-Hungary and felt the need to protect them, even though it certainly wasn't needed.

Serbia was allied with Russia and Austria-Hungary was allied with Germany. So when Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, Austria-Hungary made ultimatums to Serbia (which was an incredibly dumb decision), and Germany agreed with those ultimatums. Serbia did not agree with the ultimatums, so they did not accept them. Austria-Hungary got violent with Serbia (and so did Germany), and Russia came to defend them.

So, if anything, WW1 was caused because Austria-Hungary and Germany got too butthurt.

Serbia was in no way responsible for the war.


Serbia was responsible for providing assistance to a group that assassinated Franz Ferdinand. that may be considered harboring terrorists and aiding and abetting them
they rebelled against the Austria-Hungarian Empire, causing them to declare war on Serbia Serbia caused WWI, because of a young boy called Gavrilo Princip who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Gavrilo Princip was from the Black Hand gang, a Serbian Nationalist group. Their aim was to free Serbia from Austria-Hungary, which wanted to take over the Balkan states which was once part of Turkish Empire. So Austria-Hungary had also caused the war indirectly.
One more thing, Serbia was also one of the Balkan states.
Debate Round No. 2


The US was responsible for providing assistance to the group that killed Osama Bin Laden. I know Laden and Ferdinand are on completely different levels, but does that count as terrorism? Does a person killing someone from a different country count as terrorism? Take President Garfield's assassination for example. Guiteau, his killer (though born in Illinois), was a strong supporter of the French, tried to make offices in France, and had French family. Garfield's murder didn't lead to war with France, now did it?

The above example proves that WW1 was Austria-Hungary's fault, because they got way too upset over the assassination. If Austria-Hungary didn't get so upset, WW1 wouldnt've happened.

Serbia did not rebel against the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was just a simple assassination by a Serbian man.

If anything, anything at all, to literally the smallest point, WW1 was caused by a bad driver. Ferdinand would've lived if it weren't for his driver taking the wrong turn.




pariashi forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


PatriotPerson forfeited this round.


Yes, serbia started the war by assassinating arch-duck Ferdinand, however you can't really blame them for the war since they just wanted independence.Although there were a lot of diplomatic issues that led to the World War, the 19-year-old Serbian Gavrilo Princip's assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Countess Sophie in Sarajevo is usually cited as the proximate cause of the war. After the assassination, which Serbia and Russia initially claimed knowledge of, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia, and less than a month later, the war had started.Princip has accomplices within the Serbian military, so Austria-Hungary chose to disregard Serbia's later denials of knowledge of the plot. Here was Austria-Hungary's ultimatum:

Serbia should formally and publicly condemn the "dangerous propaganda" against Austria-Hungary, the ultimate aim of which is to "detach from the Monarchy territories belonging to it". Moreover, Serbia should "suppress by every means this criminal and terrorist propaganda".

Moreover, the Serbian government should

1.Suppress all publications which "incite hatred and contempt of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy" and are "directed against its territorial integrity".
2.Dissolve the Serbian nationalist organisation "Narodna Odbrana" ("The People's Defense") and all other such societies in Serbia.
3.Eliminate without delay from schoolbooks and public documents all "propaganda against Austria-Hungary".
4.Remove from the Serbian military and civil administration all officers and functionaries whose names the Austro-Hungarian Government will provide.
5.Accept in Serbia "representatives of the Austro-Hungarian Government" for the "suppression of subversive movements".
6.Bring to trial all accessories to the Archduke's assassination and allow "Austro-Hungarian delegates" (law enforcement officers) to take part in the investigations.
7.Arrest Major Voja Tankosi? and civil servant Milan Ciganovi? who were named as participants in the assassination plot.
8.Cease the cooperation of the Serbian authorities in the "traffic in arms and explosives across the frontier"; dismiss and punish the officials of the at Shabatz Loznica frontier service, "guilty of having assisted the perpetrators of the Sarajevo crime".
9.Provide "explanations" to the Austro-Hungarian Government regarding "Serbian officials" who have expressed themselves in interviews "in terms of hostility to the Austro-Hungarian Government".
10.Notify the Austro-Hungarian Government "without delay" of the execution of the measures comprised in the ultimatum.

It depends on what you're looking at as far as who did what.

If you were looking at the start of the war it was all done by a terrorist organization called the Black Hand. But as far as who really started it all I would say Gavrilo Princip, who shot the Archduke and his wife. Soon afterwards in a few weeks, Europe spiraled into war. In my honest opinion....I think it was all one man, not the country of Serbia itself.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by pariashi 3 years ago
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Posted by Adam2 3 years ago
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(says that statement to snear at you)
Posted by pariashi 3 years ago
accepted,what now
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