The Outbreak of WWI and the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand with Dr. Finn Ballard

The Outbreak of WWI and the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand with Dr. Finn Ballard


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In June of 1914, the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, would be assassinated in Sarajevo by the 19-year-old Bosnian Serb. The chaos that ensued would instigate the first global war, and the most deadly in human history - up to that point. This seminar will explore the outbreak of World War I, analyzing the complexities behind the beginning of the Great War and offering a clearer picture of just what happened in 1914.

At the turn of the twentieth century, the uneasy alliances between the major powers of Europe - and their cousin-monarchs - were fraying. The race for intra-European unification combined with the 'scramble for Africa' had seen the world's most avaricious empires expanding their territories enormously, both within the continent and overseas. In 1912, four Balkan states took on the might of the Ottoman Empire, weakening it enormously and causing a ripple effect that would resonate throughout the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary. And then, a 19-year-old Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Prinzip made his way to Sarajevo, and after a series of remarkable mishaps and one fateful coincidence, shot dead the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

In this seminar, we will unpack the intense complexities surrounding the outbreak of the Great War of 1914. We will examine how the tinderbox imperial greed and the development of horribly-modern technologies of death alighted in the first global war - and until that time, the most devastating in human history. And we will ponder the question: what if Prinzip had missed his chance?

Led by an expert on twentieth-century German history, Dr. Finn Ballard, this interactive seminar will illuminate the complexities of international relations in the early twentieth century. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of that fateful year, 1914.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Nancy (Victoria, CA)

This was a great seminar. Dr. Ballard did a super job.

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Gay Lutton (Jersey City, US)
Heroic effort

I wasn't able to join the actual talk and just viewed the recording. Sorry. It was Brilliant. The subject is complex and has many moving parts and even though I have done some reading and viewing of documentaries on this subject I learned a great deal. Dr Ballard's lecture was detailed but a herculean effort was made to make it as understandable and as simple as possible. The side stories brought in the human dimension of the event as well as why there was so much turmoil in the Balkan area. The stories gave one the ability to see the turmoil as a desire by many groups to be free of repression and control and to unite under a national identity. Unfortunately assassinating the next ruler of the A-H empire only helped to bring on the calamity of a world war. Amazing and quite delightful presentation by an Irishman who delivers with charm, humor, and respect for his students.

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Nancy (Winter Park, US)
Wonderful Seminar!

Finn did a magnificent job detailing and explaining a very complex subject! He is great!

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Amy Baird (Old Saybrook, US)
Outstanding

Dr. Ballard in engaging fashion unraveled the complex European scene(s) which led to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand unleashing the First World War. I learned a lot and highly recommend this seminar.

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Stephanie (Silver Spring, US)
Engaging & informative

A wonderfully engaging and informative presentation by Dr. Ballard. Detailed, appropriately illustrated and deeply researched. Bravo!

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
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Nancy (Victoria, CA)

This was a great seminar. Dr. Ballard did a super job.

G
Gay Lutton (Jersey City, US)
Heroic effort

I wasn't able to join the actual talk and just viewed the recording. Sorry. It was Brilliant. The subject is complex and has many moving parts and even though I have done some reading and viewing of documentaries on this subject I learned a great deal. Dr Ballard's lecture was detailed but a herculean effort was made to make it as understandable and as simple as possible. The side stories brought in the human dimension of the event as well as why there was so much turmoil in the Balkan area. The stories gave one the ability to see the turmoil as a desire by many groups to be free of repression and control and to unite under a national identity. Unfortunately assassinating the next ruler of the A-H empire only helped to bring on the calamity of a world war. Amazing and quite delightful presentation by an Irishman who delivers with charm, humor, and respect for his students.

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Nancy (Winter Park, US)
Wonderful Seminar!

Finn did a magnificent job detailing and explaining a very complex subject! He is great!

A
Amy Baird (Old Saybrook, US)
Outstanding

Dr. Ballard in engaging fashion unraveled the complex European scene(s) which led to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand unleashing the First World War. I learned a lot and highly recommend this seminar.

S
Stephanie (Silver Spring, US)
Engaging & informative

A wonderfully engaging and informative presentation by Dr. Ballard. Detailed, appropriately illustrated and deeply researched. Bravo!