28 June 1914
Assassination in Sarajevo
The direct cause of the First World War was a successful attempt to murder the successor to the Austro-Hungary throne in Sarajevo in June 1914. Soon, two blocs stood against each other: the Triple Entente (France, the UK and Russia, supported by the US in 1917) and the Central Powers (Germany and Austro-Hungary). Although a quick ending of the fights was hoped for, the war continued until 1918 and even longer in some regions, bringing much damage and fundamental changes on international arena.
Outbreak of the First World War
Written by Prof. Wojciech Roszkowski
Edited by Prof. Jan Rydel