World War I: A History in Documents

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Timeline

1914

June 28 Gavrio Princip assassinates Archduke Franz Ferdinand of AustriaHungary

July 23 Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia

July 30 Russian army mobilizes

August 1 French and German armies mobilize; Germany declares war on Russia

August 3 Germany declares war on France

August 4 Germany invades neutral Belgium; Britain enters war against Germany and passes Defense of the Realm Act

August 23 Japan declares war on Germany

August 26–30 German victory over Russian troops in Battle of Tannenberg

September 6–9 French victory over German troops in Battle of the Marne

Mid-September Trench warfare begins

October 18–19 Anti-German riots in Deptford, England

November 1 Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire

December 21 First German air raids on Britain


1915

January Food rationing begins in Germany

February Allies attempt to capture the Dardanelles, and Germany begins intensive submarine warfare

April Turkey initiates deportation and massacre of Armenians

April 22 Germans introduce gas warfare at Ypres

April 25 Allies land at Gallipoli

May 7 German submarine sinks Lusitania

May 23 Italy joins Allies

October 12 Germans execute Edith Cavell

Denmark and Iceland grant partial woman suffrage


1916

January 24 Britain implements conscription

February 21 Battle of Verdun begins with German attack

April 24 Easter Uprising in Ireland

May 31 Naval Battle of Jutland (inconclusive)

June 4 Russian Brusilov offensive begins

July 1 Battle of the Somme begins with British/French attack

November 7 Reelection of U.S. president Woodrow Wilson

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Table of contents

  • World War I - A History in Documents 3
  • Contents 5
  • What Is a Document? 6
  • How to Read a Document 8
  • Introduction - The Great War 11
  • Chapter One - Into the Abyss 15
  • Chapter Two - Adjusting to War 39
  • Chapter Three - Meeting the Challenge 57
  • Chapter Four - War Without Mercy 81
  • Chapter Five: Picture Essay - Advertising the War 107
  • Chapter Six - Strains 115
  • Chapter Seven - Coming to Terms 141
  • Timeline 162
  • Further Reading 164
  • Websites 166
  • Text Credits 167
  • Picture Credits 169
  • Index 171
  • Acknowledgments 175
  • About the Authors 176
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