The shot that exploded the world

100 years ago today, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated, beginning a series of events that led to a truly world-changing war. Interestingly, the Bosnian Serbs just erected a statue to his assassin, which just goes to show that historical events are never truly or completely in our past.

We just finished reading about World War I in history (and in fact, the girls still have to write their blog posts on it), so the anniversaries this year are of great interest to them.

We read Nathan Hale’s latest Hazardous Tale: Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood, and the girls are also reading Rilla of Ingleside, which is a great fictional look at the war on the home front. The kids loved the Hazardous Tales, and I found it both entertaining and informative. Somehow, it was easier to follow all the various alliances and powers in the illustrated version of the war than the textbook version. Go figure.

Next: the war in Legos!
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Via Nathan Hale’s Blog

The New York Times has an interesting op-ed on what would have happened if Franz Ferdinand had lived.


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