A World War 1 “What If”

My class has been doing so well that I gave them an extra credit project if they wanted……a what if scenario.

I try to make the class fun and educational at the same time….not an easy task.

I gave them two examples that I had talked about in the past…..a Cuban what if and an Iranian what if…….

My best student knowing that I write a lot about war and have been trying to make Americans remember World War One found a great article and she did not have to do much research……

She did some research and found an article in BBC News……

One of the causes of the Great War was the assassination of Crown Prince Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914…..

World War One was a tragedy with particularly Austrian roots, sparked by the assassination of the heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914. But could the war have been avoided if he had not been killed? And would the Austro-Hungarian Empire have survived?

Source: What if Archduke Franz Ferdinand had lived in 1914? – BBC News

She has always shown initiative and she will get a grade that reflects her hard work…..I wish I had a classroom full of these people….it would make teaching so much more enlightening.

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12 thoughts on “A World War 1 “What If”

  1. Would not have mattered. Still a spark. When nations have lots of gun stuff sooner or later they will use them for self interest no matter how insignificant a spark may be. Today last 5 presidents did nothing to stop North Korea and NK lighting dozens of sparks. When will we shut them down ? After they have kabooms instead of mere sparks ?

      1. Never thought of that one that’s 1840’s too I think. Remember the standard militarism, fear that arms race generates and colonial envy and monarchical pride imposed on people. Then again Bolsheviks post 1919 and Red Scare 1920’s US. What we need today is a growth in labor movement to unionize. Megabanks and megacorps rule and exploit. Half the country probably makes less than $10 hour. Republicans have been successful in blaming unions for economy wreck and getting workers to believe it when unions are the only friend they have.

  2. I did not know you were teacher. I was history teacher 33 years in Miami. I would say about 1% of my students had the critical thinking skills or the ability to engage in text to make an assessment or prediction. Not even honors or AP. One 9th grade teacher asked kids from all 6 classes to name the body of water just 8 miles east of the school. Not a single one said Atlantic Ocean. Shows you what we are working with and I become enraged when I hear the politicians and pundits pontificate about failing schools and incompetent teachers. As the years passed I bought into the fact that all teachers despite subject are reading and writing teachers.11th graders 2-4 years behind grade level. Instead of a chapter I would do 2 pages and could then get some results. That’s two pages in 2 days. How will any of them pass state tests ? Far too many never do and of course they know who to blame.

      1. Ah, exciting field. What gets me is this silly uproar over Russian influence in elections. US started it when we landed troops at Archangel(Murmansk) 1918 to help the whites fight the reds in that civil war later withdrew. And to boost Kerensky and keep Russia in WW 1 .We promoted Gorbachev, blasted them with Radio Free Europe post WW2 and Free Cuba radio from Miami for decades. Just finished The Cardinal of the Kremlin – Clancy and although thriller spy fiction
        shows exactly how US/Russia try to manipulate each other’s military, political and economic affairs. So now a big deal ? Ammo for democrats that’s all. People just don’t know the history. I think deal making with Russians a wonderful approach. US, China, Russia ought to be on the same side in so many global issues. This coming from me should be shocking as I was associated and fully indoctrinated as a teen by John Birch members.

      2. The story is our first war with communism was Korea and I have pointed out the Archangel thing….some think I am making it up….I agree diplomacy should alawys be the first shot fired, so to speak….chuq

  3. I often thought the assassination was merely an excuse, but even if it wasn’t started then – there would have been some other reason.

  4. 1914 was a powderkeg year, and any reason would have done. The industrial powers on both sides were looking for a war for profit, and dragged it on for those same profits to increase.
    Regards, Pete.

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