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. My aim is to share with you a few documents every week that trace the development of the 1914 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.
About the author:
Matthieu Watson Santerre is the Senior Researcher at JulyCrisis1914. He is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He holds a MSc in the History of International Relations from LSE and a BA in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. He is currently researching the role of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph on the July Crisis. His e-book, World War I: How Germany Blundered into War, is available on Amazon.