How Did Russia Accept Austro-Hungary

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In ---- the heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated. Austro-Hungary claimed that Serbia was implicated in the assassination and took this as an opportunity to stamp out any Serbian nationalistic movements and secure its position and influence in the Balkans. It issued an outrageous ultimatum to Serbia. Sure that they wouldn't accept the ultimatum, Austro- Hungary mobilized its troops and made preparations for war without waiting for a reply. Surprisingly, Serbia effectively accepted all terms of the ultimatum but one: it would not accept Austria-Hungary’s participation in any internal enquiry, stating that this would be a violation of the Constitution and of its law of criminal procedure. Once Austria had an assurance that Germany …show more content…
But national unity could only be built upon victory, something whose elusiveness dashed Russia's hopes at the beginning of the War. Although they had an advantage over the enemy when it came to the amount of troops, Russia was sorely lacking in the proper equipment and industry needed to create it to successfully fight in technological warfare. In a single battle (Tannenberg and the First Battle of the Masurian Lakes, 1914) Russia lost two entire armies consisting of 250 000 men. Inexperienced leadership such as this was an important factor in contributing to the losses. The rest of the war went in a similar fashion whose high losses resulted in a low morale among the troops and the public, letters sent from home were increasingly expressing the desire for peace and were described to be having a depressive effect upon the troops; the soldiers' letters home were full of complaints of the army life.() Neither the civilians nor the soldiers expressed a desire to wage war. Over the course of the war; 2 million were killed, nearly 5 million wounded, along with 2.5 million categorized as “missing”