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.