Europe 1914: On the Eve of World War I — As the 20th century dawns, Europe is the enlightened center of a global colonial empire, war is history, and science will wipe out poverty and disease. Rational Man is poised at a new era of peace and prosperity...Right.
On the eve of World War I, Europe was ready to explode. The spark that set things off was the assassination of the Hapsburg Empire heir, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Each of Europe's nations fell in with their allies...and a Great War began.