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A family quarrel that cost the lives of millions

July 28th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

Exactly one hundred years ago, the First World War did not begin.

On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia – retribution for the assassination of Austria’s heir to the throne in Sarajevo, one month before.

Over the next week, Europe’s royals – all relatives – spoke as the clock ticked down to Armageddon. Russia’s Czar Nicholas and Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, cousins, exchanged affectionate telegrams, signing off “Nicky” and “Willy.” Meanwhile, King George V of Great Britain was working behind the scenes.

Hala Gorani has the story. Click above to watch.


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    Agreed, there was no family quarrel – the leaders of some but not all European nations were related at the cousin level, but they were not going to war for reasons related to the existence of the family. Each nation, including those democracies and others led by non-'family' members, went to war for its own reasons. Absolutely horrible journalism, history and a real shame CNN has this link up almost a month after it was reported. Even MSNBC would not be this bad.

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