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"The Road to World War I"

Course of Our Times, Series I

VHS; U-Matic; 16mm film


Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1969

30 min.

There were many causes for World War I that irretrievably smashed the Old Order - intense colonial rivalries, ulcerated nationalism, little people in charge if big issues, and many others. But the basic cause was the fact that there was no international authority, with enforcing power, to prevent recourse to war. There was instead a delicate balance of power, precariously maintained, so that no issue could any longer remain local. A pistol shot in the remote Serbian village of Sarajevo could plunge the world into a catastrophe from which it never recovered.

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

2 VHS copies [1 Master copy in Sachar Personal Papers, Box 22
1 use copy In Course of Our Times Collection, Box 1
1 U-Matic copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 24]
4 16 mm films [2 B&W, 2 color; in Sachar Film Collection]