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Why was Archduke Franz Ferdinand killed, thus leading to WWI?

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At the time of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination, Serbia was technically independent, yet many Serbs lived in Bosnia, Herzegovina, etc. In 1905, Austria had formally annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina, over which Austria had previously held the right to "occupy and administer." This annexation enraged Serbs throughout the Balkans, but little could be done. Later, a series of wars broke out in which Austria intervened. As a result of the wars, Serbia was forced to cede Albania to Austria. Austria, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, had hoped to use its...

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