Teenager Describes World War I
This is one of my favorite history lessons -
and the most hopeless.
In this video - a young teenager is asked to explain how World
War I began.
World War I, also known as WWI (abbreviation), the First World
War, the Great War, and "The War to End All Wars," was a global
military conflict that took place mostly in Europe between 1914
and 1918. It left millions dead and shaped the modern world.
On June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb student, shot
and killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the
Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie Chotek, in
Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, which had been annexed by
Austria-Hungary in 1908. Princip was a member of Young Bosnia, a
group whose aims included the unification of the South Slavs and
independence from Austria-Hungary (see also: the Black Hand).
The assassination in Sarajevo set into motion a series of
fast-moving events that escalated into a full-scale war.
Austria-Hungary demanded certain actions by Serbia to punish
those responsible for the assassination. Austria-Hungary
declared war on Serbia when it was deemed that Serbia had failed
to fully comply. Many major European powers came to be at war
with each other within a matter of weeks. This was due to
overlapping agreements for collective defense and the complex
nature of international alliances at that time. However, the
conflict also had deeper causes which were multiple and complex.
End of the World here.