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iconmainarticle_regA Fire Waiting to be Lit: The Origins of World War I

On June 28, 1914, an angry young man opened fire on a car going through the streets of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. His targets were two passengers in the open car: Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife Sophie. The attacker succeeded in killing them. The murders sparked a conflict that exploded into a war enveloping much of the world, causing more than 16 million deaths, and leaving 20 million people wounded or missing. World War I lasted four years and brought destruction on a scale that no one had imagined. Why and how did the world go to war in 1914? More. . .