29 Jun '18, 5pm

How One Man Started a World War 104 Years Ago Today

When a nineteen-year old Bosnian activist blindly fired his weapon at a perceived aggressor, he believed that he was merely avenging his nation’s loss of independence. What he could not have known was that the loss of the Archduke allowed the tension in the east to uncoil and manifest itself on an unprecedented scale. Racial and cultural tensions in the Austrian empire were brought to the forefront and forced nations to hastily decide on a victim and an antagonist. Gavrilo Princips could not have foreseen the more than thirty million casualties that would be incurred during the war, the development of chemical warfare, or the increasing division and tension that would result from the armistice’s ineffective treaties. But with the pull of a trigger, he prompted a series of events that would change the world and warfare forever.

Full article: https://www.navalhistory.org/2018/06/28/how-one-man-start...

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