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Wilhelm stokes the flames

Part 2 of 2

August 5, 2014
By Lee Gaillard

With the assassination of Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, European sympathies lay with Austria and against the Serbian radicals. Given the stresses on Europe's delicate alliance systems, the guiding principle was restraint. But when on June 30 the German ambassador to Vienna cabled German Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg that he seriously counseled "against too hasty steps," Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, in the margin of his copy, scribbled, "Let Tschirschky be good enough to drop this nonsense! The Serbs must be disposed of, and that right soon!"



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