Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frederick W. Adrian


On Sunday morning, June 28, 1914 an obscure Serbian student named Gavrio Prinzip in the almost equally obscure city of Sarajebo in the Hapsburg province of Bosia fired the shots which ended the lives of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenburg. Thus a chain of events was sent in motion which a few weeks later plunged most of Europe and parts of every other continent in the world into the greatest war yet recorded in human annals. Of all the powerful nations of the world, only the United Staes manged to avoid, for any length of time, participation in this conflict.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of History Municipal University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1959 Harl Adams Dalstrom

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