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It is agreed by most that World War One was one of the most devastating events ever to take place on Earth but the argument of which nation should carry the burden of responsibility rages on However many undisputable facts show that this Great War would never have happened had it not been for the actions of Germany and Austria-Hungry Once the heir to their throne was assassinated Austria-Hungry looked for no other possibility but war to solve the problem because of their short sighted plan to rid themselves of a Slavic Nationalist movement However Austria-Hungry would never have started such a war had it not been for Germanys assurance that they would finance the Habsburg war effort The blame further falls on Germany as Austria-Hungry wanted this war to be localized and it was the work of the Germans which took this small problem isolated in the Balkans to a much larger scale In their pursuit of world domination the Germans acted upon a plan to involve Russia and France in a great war on the continent Germany had been preparing for such an event since 1905 Although many claim that it was the bullet of Gavrilo Princip which started the war it was Austria-Hungarys actions thereafter which mobilized the whole continent for war It is important to recognize the diplomatic relations between Serbia and Austria-Hungary before the outbreak of World War One One word can describe it tense Serbia had recently gained independence and was stirring up a nationalist movement in Austria-Hungary Austria-Hungary was aware of this and knew they could not afford to lose 8 million Serbs at a time when they were finding it difficult to satisfy so many racial groups in their empire Defler 35 There is no doubt that Austria-Hungary had a motive in wanting to rid themselves of this Slavic nation In August of 1914 at the offset of WW1 when they declared war on Serbia they
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