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The First World War was a battle between the triple entente that comprised, the United Kingdom, the European empire, and also France, and the triple alliance that comprised Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Germany. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Serbian nationalist sparked the battle, since both nations had alliances with other countries, the war grew and spread across the planet. The USA originally held a policy of isolationism through the war, but has been made to change this. America's entry into the war was due partly to Germany's unrestricted submarine war. The Lusitania was a British passenger steamship which was taking 128 Americans; it was awakened by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland in May 1915. This not only influenced the pact of naval war but has been hindering the raw products trade between the United States and the allied forces, a major commerce company of this U.S. America threatened to terminate all diplomatic relations with Germany after another civilian merchant ship, the Sussex was awakened by German Subs. Germany.