The Start of World War One in 2 Minutes

In this video, historian Dan Snow succinctly describes the events surrounding the start of World War One. Dan Snow details the snowball effect that followed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and ultimately lead to almost the entire world being thrown into war.

The Austrian government blamed Serbia for the assassination and the myriad allegiances between the countries of Europe caused a domino effect of nations declaring war on one another. Once the major European powers were embroiled in war, they brought their respective empires into play and soon the whole world had descended into chaos.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.