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2:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A century ago, two bullets sparked the 'Great War'

The arrest of Gavrilo Princip, who murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.
The arrest of Gavrilo Princip, who murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.
Credit Flickr- Ruslan

It’s been a full century since the event that triggered what the world once believed to be “the war to end all wars.” 

On June 28, 1914, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on the streets of Sarajevo. World War One hastened the collapse of old powers and saw the rise of new ones.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery talked with Michigan State University historian Roger Rosentreter about the First World War starting with a short bio of Franz Ferdinand.

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