Unit 5 Class Notes- imperialism and wwi american Expansionism


An Assassination Leads to War-



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An Assassination Leads to War- Europe was a powder-keg, ready to explode, in the summer of 1914. Many countries were competing for control of the Baltic region. Russia wanted access to the Mediterranean Sea, Germany a railroad linking it to the Ottoman Empire. Austria-Hungary accused Serbia of meddling in its rule over Bosnia. The powder keg was ready to blow!

  • June, 1914- Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary visited Bosnia’s capital city, Sarajevo.

  • July 28, 1914- Austria-Hungary declared what should have been a short war on Serbia

  • Aug. 1, 1914- Because Germany had an alliance with Austria-Hungary, it was obligated to support them. Germany declared war on Russia.

  • Aug. 3, 1914- Germany then declared war on Russia’s ally, France

  • The Great War was on!




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