Era of the First World War c1894-1918

The First World War

The period 1894-1918 included conflict on a scale never seen before. Europe, then much of the world became embroiled in a conflict known as the Great War, The War to end all wars or, more recently The First World War or World War One. Tension had built for some time. Wars had broken out in the mid to late 19th century between several major powers and tests of each others resolve became more frequent. Ultimately these combined to such an extent that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian Nationalist turned into a global conflict.

This Unit covers the build up to the First World War, the Course of the War and themes within the war. The consequences of the conflict and the associated Peace Treaties are covered in other units.

First World War

First World War Homepage
Causes of the First World WarAssassination of Franz Ferdinand
Schlieffen PlanPublic Reaction to the Outbreak of War
British Expeditionary ForceInteractive Timeline of the First World War
Simulation: Life in the TrenchesStatistics
Changing role of WomenWar Poetry
British Contribution to Western FrontDevelopment of New Weapons
Creeping BarrageWestern Front in 1918