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Who started world war I?

Maximilian

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Hitler started the second one, who started the first one? What was it all about? Can someone just sort of generalise and simplify what happened?

I looked at the wikipedia article but its pretty in depth, i just need a generalisation. Was it the "kaiser"? Someone told me the "kaiser" started it, who was that?
 

OdiN

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Originally posted by: michaelsslave
franz ferdinand didnt start it, the guy who killed franz did
It was more than just the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. That was more of the spark that blew up the powder keg.
 
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It says right there on the Wiki page in the sidebar:

Casus belli - Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (28 June) followed by Austrian declaration of war on Serbia (28 July) and Russian mobilisation against Austria-Hungary (29 July).
 

jandrews

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Originally posted by: OdiN
Originally posted by: michaelsslave
franz ferdinand didnt start it, the guy who killed franz did
It was more than just the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. That was more of the spark that blew up the powder keg.
correct, nations that already hated each other lined up on other sides while it just started with two small countries all of a sudden everyone is involved.
 

Tiamat

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Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which led to Austria declaring war on Serbia. Russia then declared war on Austria-Hungary...
 

nakedfrog

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Originally posted by: michaelsslave
franz ferdinand didnt start it, the guy who killed franz did
He did so. If he'd decided to take a sick day or something, the whole thing could have been averted! But noooo, he had to go and get shot and die. Jerk.
 

mugs

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The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand is what set it off, but really I think they were all just looking for an excuse to fight.
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: nakedfrog
Originally posted by: michaelsslave
franz ferdinand didnt start it, the guy who killed franz did
He did so. If he'd decided to take a sick day or something, the whole thing could have been averted! But noooo, he had to go and get shot and die. Jerk.
damn him! he should have rolled a 20 for dodge(err or smething).


anyway sounds like a crappy homework question.
 

RichUK

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Someone got shot, then loads of people got shot, then the mighty English stepped in and sorted things out. The End.
 

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