Episode 1: 100 Years Ago Today

1914 Pre-War

100 Years ago today Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serbian radical in Sarajevo. How did this event result in a war that would consume not just Europe but the World? In this episode we will talk about the situation in Europe in 1914 and the nations that would take part in the war. We will also discover how an assassination in Sarajevo, Bosnia resulted in the largest armies in the world striving for dominance over the next four years.


In this episode we do some geographical bouncing around, here are some handy maps that should help a bit when trying to understand where things the events in the episode take place.

Map of Europe in 1914 Map of Europe in 1914 from Wikimedia Commons user historicair

Map of Austro-Hungarian Empire 1914 Map of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1914 Map produced by Geographx with research assistance from Damien Fenton and Caroline Lord.