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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Class question

Why did the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand lead to World War I?


Ryan Perreault "Elfears" said...

I think it lead to WWI because the arkdukes country wanted revenge on the killers country so the went to war. Each side then made allies which went to war. Then the allies and other countries went to war with each other. Over time countries keeped on going to war and soon it became a war were everybody knew about it and alot of countries were in it. All over an assination. Que tonto!!! (Spanish for how stupid!!!)

Kari Grundmeier said...

I agree with ryan, but also like i said in a few other comments, it was what the assasins told the authorities when they got caught. And then the war wouldn't have started or if it did then it would have been later on and the might not have been a ww2. funny how things like that work out....

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