The Origins of the First World War

Classic Pamphlet

By Bernadotte E. Schmitt, published 7th February 2014

From Peace to War

The First World War broke out suddenly and unexpectedly in midsummer 1914, following the murder of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Hapsburg, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, at Sarajevo, in Bosnia, on 28 June. Since no war involving the European great powers had occurred since 1871, the possibility of a general war seemed increasingly remote, at least to the man on the street...

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