World War I

The 1914 assassination of an Austro-Hungarian archduke by a Serbian national ultimately led to the deaths of millions in what came to be known as World War One. This four-year-long conflict changed the face of warfare, leading to the invention of tanks and adding pilots to the list of potential combatants. Use these resources to learn more about the Great War and its legacies.

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World War I started with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. That's certainly one of the biggest catalysts for the war, but who started it? Ten historians offer their interpretations of which nations bore the brunt of the responsibility. As this article unsurprisingly discovers, it's complicated.

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In August of 1914, Germany invaded an ostensibly neutral Belgium, kick-starting World War I. The war became one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, decimating Europe and reshaping global politics for the next century. It also brought forward sweeping and terrifying new military technologies, a product of the Industrial Revolution. Explore 40 maps explaining the Great War in detail.

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World War I took place between July 28, 1914 and November 11, 1918, but a lot happened within that relatively short time. And even more occurred afterward. The comprehensive timeline shows when major and influential events took place during the conflict, accompanied by articles, videos, and other media in support.

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