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July 29, 2014

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28 July 1914: The First Day of the War to End all Wars

Trooper Bisdee and unidentified family members

Join the discussion this month about #warread. We will be focusing on all things about war in this discussion (and it will be great to see what ideas people include).

On 28 July 1914 the world found itself at war. The century leading up to the outbreak of war was a complicated one based upon numerous (and changing) alliances. Superimposed upon such alliances was an arms race that saw a competition for land-based, as well as sea-based, military supremacy. Tensions between the various powers of Europe escalated and, on 28 June 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, was assassinated. The Archduke’s wife was also killed. The crisis that followed saw Austria-Hungary declare war on Serbia on 28 July 1914. Soon after the Russian Empire mobilised, quickly followed by the mobilisation of the German Empire. On 2 August 1914 Germany invaded Belgium that resulted in the mobilisation of France and, two days later, the mobilisation of Britain.

There will be a twitter discussion, today. on 29 July starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.   9.00pm New Zealand Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am; 2pm – 4pm; 6pm – 8pm BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #warread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of warread, so others can join in the conversation too.

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