The principal cause of the Great War has been widely attributed to the assassination of the Archduke and his wife by the Serbian Nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, but tensions in the Balkans had been boiling for a while, with Slavic nationalism every rising. After this catalytic assassination, Russia decided to give support to Serbian in case of a war and Germany decided to side with Austria-Hungary. Countries were taking sides, and Austria-Hungary was still boiling from death of their leader. This separation of leaders and countries created a line that divided further a tense wound, rather than soothe the sting of The Black Hand. The deep rooted need for conquest and political power was also a fueling agent. The events after the assassination revealed the affinity for war that both Germany and Austria-Hungary had, and were willing to act upon. Ultimately, this assassination was likely an excuse to fulfill as long awaited conquest for the Triple Alliance and the war was likely imminent given the evidence that after peace could not be founded in agreed-to ultimatums, the strategy of powers switched to military rather than diplomatic.
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