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How did Franz Ferdinands death contribute to the starting of the First World War?

In the short term, the assassination of Frank Ferdinand caused a dispute between Serbia and Austria-Hungary. This in turn dragged in Russia (allies of Serbia) and Germany (allies of Austria). It is a matter of great debate as to who important the assassination was in starting the war. Prevailing opinion has held that the assassination simply ‘triggered’ a conflict began by some or all of growing imperialism, nationalism, an alliance system and an arms race. More recent scholarship has viewed the assassination as more important and was a diplomatic crisis that was simply poorly managed by the major powers.

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