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					  Immediate Cause:
The Assassination
   At Sarajevo
The Assassination
 The assassin was Gavrilo Princip of the Serbian society
  The Black Hand, a terrorist organization. The Serbian
  government was cognizant of the plot; the world
  generally was outraged.
 July 23. Austrian ultimatum to Belgrade (48 hours).
 July 28. AUSTRIA DECLARED WAR ON SERBIA.
  Belgrade was bombarded the next day, though Austria
  was not ready for real operations until about August 12.
  The declaration of war was meant to create a fait
  accompli.
 July 29. The Russian tsar agreed to general mobilization.
 July 31. Germany proclaimed "state of threatening
  danger of war."
 Sent a 12-hour ultimatum to Russia demanding
  cessation of preparations on the German frontier.
  Germany refused a British request that the neutrality of
  Belgium be respected.

				
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