World War I 100 Years Later: What Have We Learned?
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. The causes of that great war are complex, but can be boiled down to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austrian Empire, and his wife Sophie, at the hands of Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist. The assassination resulted in Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war against the Kingdom of Serbia, which was Russia’s ally. The war rapidly escalated into a global conflict because both the Austrian Empire and Russia had staunch allies which formed them into two super-powers. A third might be considered to be the US which didn’t publicly ally itself to either side; rather it declared war directly on Germany for targeting, with its submarines, England-bound American ships in the North Atlantic. Read more →