How World War I Started: Crash Course World History 209

Why was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand significant enough to begin the First World War? Crash Course World History provides a video that covers the events of July and August 1914, including the political implications of the timing of the Archduke's assassination, as well as the order in which different countries joined the war.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members view the video at home before returning for class with discussion questions
  • Pair with a lecture about the Serbian/Austro-Hungarian conflict before the start of World War I
  • Create a timeline on the whiteboard to note the important dates and events leading up to August 4, 1914, when World War I officially began
Classroom Considerations

  • The comment section is open to the public
  • Animation clarifies the dates and order of events, but it moves quickly
Pros

  • Provides a thought-provoking comment at the end of the video, prompting viewers to consider how human civilization cannot know how their decisions will be viewed in 100 years
Cons

  • None