This week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, when Austria-Hungary declared war on July 28, 1914. Sixty five million soldiers fought in that war, a war which reshaped Europe and relations between nations. We’ll examine the impact of WWI with Adam Hochschild, author, most recently of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918' and WBEZ political reporter Alex Keefe, who just returned from a trip exploring the battlefields of WWI.
(photo: This is a common sight at World War I cemeteries throughout the Western Front. Graveyards were often hastily dug behind the front lines, only to be shelled to pieces later, unearthing soldiers' remains and causing confusion about who was buried where. Headstones often mark unknown soldiers or mass burials. (Photo and editing courtesy of Keenan Wells))