The historical background to the "Sarajevo 1914 Collection" is concentrated on the causes of the First World War - a subject I've studied more or less constantly since high school.

"The Causes" are so numerous and complex that it is virtually impossible to rank them in order of their importance.
Such a ranking must depend on who you "are" during the years that have led up to the crisis of July 1914 and the conflict it will spawn. For example,
are you a German industrialist?
Are you a British politician?
Are you an Austrian officer on the Imperial and Royal General Staff?
Are you a Serbian nationalist?
Are you a Russian ambassador in Berlin or Paris?
Are you a French farmer in Lorraine?
Or are you the President of France?
The "Causes" cannot be seen from a single point-of-view; the list can't be written to please everyone. While differing points-of-view can offer wider understanding of a subject, they also have caused wars.

My list will appear more random than organized. I'm naturally aware that some will believe a cause that's listed last may deserve to be first.
And, of course, there may be causes I have overlooked. That's the nature of the study of history. No two people view it the same way. I view the crisis of July 1914 from the point-of-view of someone who lived through the Second World War and wish I hadn't. Having learned since 1945 that the Allies of 1918 - I am a citizen of one of those nations - created conditions that led directly to the Second World War is shameful, a haunting reminder of the futility of vengeance.

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