Digital History of the Great War
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The Great War (aka World War I or the First World War), was a global war starting in Europe that lasted from 1914 to 1918. It mobilized more than 70 million military personnel to fight in what was believed to be “the war to end all wars”. The war involved 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history, and one of the deadliest. Some 8.5 million combatants and 13 million civilians died as a direct result, and the genocide and the Spanish flu pandemic killed millions more worldwide.
The war was precipitated by the assassination in October, 1914 of the Austro-Hungarian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo by a Bosnian Serb Yugoslav nationalist and member of the Serbian Black Hand secret society named Gavrilo Princip. In response, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia, whose reply failed to satisfy the Austrians. The two then moved to a war footing that triggered a network of interlocking alliances to act. The crisis from a local issue in the Balkans to a war that consumed most of Europe.
World War I proved to be a significant turning point in the political, cultural, economic, and social topography of the world. It sparked numerous revolutions and uprisings that worsened the postwar turmoil. The Big Four (Britain, France, the United States, and Italy) imposed victors’ justice at the Treaty of Versailles with Germany. Ultimately, it brought an end to the Austro-Hungarian, German, Ottoman, and Russian Empires, and numerous new states sprang up from their remains. A second world war followed just twenty years later, with the same belligerents fighting over the same territories all over again.
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