The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand is often cited as the event that triggered World War I, the massive global conflict that ensued shortly after his death. However, the First World War is more accurately described as a culmination of political tension that had been building across various European nations for decades. This comprehensive volume considers the political and diplomatic underpinnings of “the war to end all wars,” from its buildup to its conclusion and into the interwar era. The major events of the war and currents of thought that shaped prewar and postwar international relations are examined in depth.
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Guided Reading Level: Z
Lexile Level: 1440
ISBN: 9781680483598 (Print) 9781680483512 (E-book)