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1. Read a brief overview of the beginnings of World War I at World War I Remembered:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/special_report/1998/10/98/world_war_i/newsid_197000/197437.stm, linking to "The War to End All Wars."
2. Go to the Interactive Timelines at http://www.pbs.org/greatwar/timeline and see what happened in 1914. Draw your own timeline of the events in 1914 in which European nations declared war on each other.
3. Go to The Balkans Since 1815 map at http://www.nytimes.com/specials/bosnia/context/yugo1815.GIF.html to find out where the Balkans are located.
4. Why did this war begin, anyway? It wasn't just because the Archduke was assassinated - assassinations don't always lead to war, of course. What tensions had been developing in Europe to cause this event to trigger the Great War? This is an extremely complex question and hasn't been "officially" answered even by leading historians. In this activity, you'll need to gather evidence and come up with your own theory and opinion as to the causes of the war. Visit the following Web sites:
5. After investigating the evidence at the above sites, do the following:
6. As you have read, the conflict in the Balkans that preceded World War I increased tensions throughout Europe and contributed to the beginning of the war. There has, of course, been tremendous conflict in this region in the 1990s. Go to the following sites to find out more about this complex situation.
7. Write two to three pages that address the following questions about the Balkans: