The day World War I started – level 1


In 1914, countries in Europe are in two groups. Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy are in one group. France, Russia, and Britain are in the second group.

On July 28, 1914, a future Austrian king is killed in Sarajevo. Austria starts to prepare for a war with Serbia. Russia wants to help Serbia. A big war starts in Europe between the two groups.

The war is also in the countries’ colonies. Japan and the United States also start to fight in the war.

The war ends in November 1918. 10 million people die in the war.

Difficult words: killed (when somebody’s life is ended by another person), colony (a country under the control of another country).

What impact did the World War I have on modern geopolitics?


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