The First World War defined the twentieth century. In its wake, millions died. In its wake, millions lay wounded or displaced. World War I unleashed violence and tragedy on a scale never before seen during the course of human history.
One hundred years on, the debate on the origins of the Great War remains unresolved. The July Crisis of 1914, as the thirty eight days between the assassinations at Sarajevo and the British declaration of war on Germany are known, was not inevitable. In the summer of 1914 diplomacy failed. As a result, Europe fell into sombre apocalypse.
We will follow the march to war together, day by day, exactly one hundred years after the events. My aim is to share with you one document every day that traces the development of the July Crisis as it happened. Together, we will understand how peace was shattered. Together, we will understand how Europe went to war in the summer of 1914.
The countdown starts on 28 June.
About the author:
Matthieu Watson Santerre is a Master’s student in the History of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently researching the role of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph on the July Crisis.