• 70%
    2 votes
  • Rate this season
    What did you think?
  • 46
    watchers
  • 205
    plays
  • 227
    collected
  • 1
    list

Extra History: Season 2

World War I: The Seminal Tragedy 2014

Advertisement
Hide ads with
VIP
  • 2014-08-30T15:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 10 mins
  • 40 mins (4 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Animation, Documentary, History
Advertisement
Hide ads with
VIP

The events lead to the First World War.

Advertisement
Hide ads with
VIP
Advertisement
Hide ads with
VIP

4 episodes

2x01 World War I: The Seminal Tragedy - The Concert of Europe

  • Season Premiere

    2014-08-30T15:00:00Z — 10 mins

The Concert of Europe held the continent together for years after the Napoleonic Wars, but as the leadership of great nations weakened over time, the stage was set for a colossal tragedy.

When Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria decided to visit Serbia on a day of national pride, he angered young nationalists like Gavrilo Princip and touched off the series of events that tumbled the world into war.

In the wake of Franz Ferdinand's assassination, the great powers of Europe scramble to find an answer to the looming threat of war. While Germany urges Austria-Hungary to resolve the matter quickly, Russia begins to mobilize its forces to defend the slavic state of Serbia. A handful of people across the nations recognize the danger and do their best to stop it.

Serbia responds to Austria-Hungary's ultimatum after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and the pretext for war grows thinner and thinner. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold Berchtold makes a desperate decision to declare war. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and Czar Nicholas II of Russia call upon their family ties to each other in a last ditch effort to avert the war, but their previous inattention has left their prime ministers Bethmann-Hollweg and Sazonov in impossible positions. With their forces mobilized, unable to back down, Russia must accept Germany's declaration of war from ambassador Pourtalès - and as our series ends, the Seminal Catastrophe begins.

Advertisement
Hide ads with
VIP
Advertisement
Hide ads with
VIP
Advertisement
Hide ads with
VIP
Advertisement
Hide ads with
VIP
Loading...