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IB History - European diplomacy and the First World War 1870-1923: Causes of War

Sets World War I in historical context and analyses the causes and consequences

Causes of War

The car in which Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914


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The Alliance System

Diagram of Alliances


Devoss, D. (2000): 'Searching for Gavrilo Princip', Smithsonian Magazine, August 2000, pp.42-53  

On the trail of Archduke Ferdinand's assassin


Messenger, R. (2004): 'Guilty as Charged', New Criterion 22, pp.92 f.

A review of Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914? by David Fromkin.

Schmitt, H. A. (2000): 'Inexplicable World War I', Virginia Quarterly Review

Reviews 'The Pity of War: Explaining World War',  By Niall Ferguson.

Wikinson, R. (2002): 'Germany, Britain & the Coming of War in 1914', History Review, pp.21ff. 

An Explanation of What Went Wrong in Anglo-German Relations before the First World War



Relevant Reading

Key Questions

Was World War I inevitable even before the events of Summer 1914?


How important was nationalism as a cause of World War I?


What caused the outbreak of war in 1914?


Of both the long and short term causes of the First World War, which are the most important and which the least? 

Penalty Shootout Game

The more you know the higher your score!


FranzFerdinandCar: Alexf (CC)