Introduction to WW1: Causes and Early Developments

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Causes and Early Developments

28th June 1914 - Trigger Event

  • Assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 
  • Led to diplomatic crisis - July Crisis
  • Also led to start of war on 28th July 1914
  • Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia

Schlifeffen Plan

  • Designed by German Military to avoid fighting on two fronts - France + Russia
  • Anticipated Russia would be slow to mobilise
  • So troops could focus on France and quickly defeat them 
  • Then turn their attention to Russia.

4th August 1914

  • The German invasion of Belgium violated the country's neutralitily - gauranteed by Britain and Prusian in Treaty of…


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