Timewatch: Seeds of War

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Published on 4th August 2017 by

A 1994 BBC Timewatch episode which tackles the subject of the factors which led to the start of the first world war, the flash-point was the assassination in Sarejevo of Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria who was the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The killing of Ferdinand on 28th June 1914 precipitated four years of fighting which would spread throughout Europe and result in the death of 8 million people, beginning when the Austria-Hungarian union declared war against Serbia.

The documentary was produced to mark the 80th anniversary of the assassination of Ferdinand, the film makers travel to multiple countries and open up the local film archives to piece together the story of his death and solve some of the mysteries which surrounded the event.

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