With the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I approaching on June 28, European Affairs presents two articles on the Great War.
Michael Mosettig looks at the day of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the shots that inalterably changed the face of Europe and the global balance of power.
Brian Beary takes the longer view and looks at the turbulence of WWI as a historical warning that today’s national borders are not sacrosanct, even in Europe. On June 28, 1914, after the Sarajevo assassination, it would have been impossible to predict what ensued and emerged. We also provide Michael Mosettig’s annotated reading list on World War I.