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World War I: Archduke Ferdinand

The frame for the unit is M.A.I.N.: Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism (causes of WWI). WWI poetry is included.

The Trigger . . .

Bosnian student Gavrilo Princip, the suspected assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, is hustled into custody in Sarajevo in 1914. Because of Princip's swift capture, he was unable to swallow the cyanide pill he had tucked in his pocket.
"capture of Archduke Ferdinand's killer." Image. The Illustrated London News Picture Library. World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 6 Nov. 2011.

Description of Assassination Scene

Historian James L. Stokesbury, author of A Short History of World War I, wrote

"'The Archduke opened his mouth and a gout of blood spilled on his tunic. He turned to his wife, begged her not to die, and collapsed. He had been shot in the neck. She was hit in the lower stomach and bleeding internally; she was already dead. Within minutes, so was he.'"
Pendergast, Tom, Sara Pendergast, and Christine Slovey. World War I Almanac. Detroit: U.X.L, 2002. Print.

. . . to the Archduke's Assassination

The War to End All Wars: World War I
by Russell Freedman
940.3 FRE
Assassination in Sarajevo: the Trigger for World War I
by Stewart Ross
940.3 ROS

. . . The Target

Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist in 1914, an event that was the initial cause of World War I.
"Archduke Franz Ferdinand." Image. Library of Congress. World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2011. Web. 3 Nov. 2011