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On August 1 1914 one of the worlds greatest tragedies took place In Harry F Youngs article entitled the Misunderstanding of August 1 1914 Young tries to make sense of the days that took place before the Great War began In his twenty-one-page article Young uses many sources to explain the story that had so many twists and turns The following is an essay examining the work of Harry Young and what really went on August 1 1914The main question that the author asks is what happened on August 1st Young opens his article by saying Austria had opened fire on Serbia Russia had begun to mobilize the troops Berlins ultimatum to St Petersburg would expire at noon France was prepared to support her tsarist ally and so far Englands efforts to mediate had failedThere are very many different explanations that can be given to explain World War I Predominantly the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Serbian nationalist would be one of the first explanations given Another important note would be that at the time this spirit of nationalism was alive and well in the heart of Europe particularly in the empire of Austria-HungaryAnother explanation given is that there was often confusion and conflict between the German ambassador Prince Lichnowsky and the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey It was said that they were definite additions to the already crowded European tension Prince Lichnowsky became an ambassador in London in 1912 He gained instant popularity with the people and was soon on friendly terms with Sir Edward Grey and Prime Minister Asquith It is believed among historians particularly the author of this article that both wartime governments found it necessary to accept and promote the idea that Licknowsky had misinterpreted what Grey was proposing to him What Grey was proposing to him is further discussed later on in this paper However there was what seemed to be so much confusion and
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