100 years on from the day that changed the world

Yes, that’s right, on this day, 100 years ago, in 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting off the fuse that would inevitably lead to the catastrophic eruption that was World War 1.

Its funny to think how different Europe was back then, no mass of countries, as we have now, but several bloated empires, that would never have imagined that within 5 years, they would either be in their death throes, or already gone! Funnily enough, about the only Empire to survive it all, was the British one!

Its fair to say that life was very different in those calm days, before that fatal gun shot in Sarajevo was fired. The idea of most women going out to work had not even been thought of, the most taxing tasks suitable for females being servants in wealthy homes, and governesses, often in the same homes! Of course, there were some doing, err, more interesting work, but lets face it, those rules of etiquette rarely revolved around the working class, who for many, had a pretty awful, poverty stricken life.

But once war actually broke out, 37 days on from this date, and all the men went off to fight (and for so many, to die) in the war, then someone had to do the work at home. Yes, suddenly people thought the idea of women working was wonderful…rolls eyes!

Of course, it did have benefits, it was not long after the war was over that women gained the long overdue right to vote, even if most were expected to give up that ‘hard work’ now that the men (those that were left at least) came home.

I think its fair to assume, that even without the War, that the development of planes, and flight would have happened, but its not hard to see that it was all pushed forward, to develop a new weapon to use against the enemy! And of course, it was events created by this (the reparations against Germany, after the war) that led to the rise of Hitler, and the inevitability that was World War 2!

Just imagine, if that car hadnt taken a wrong turning, the Archduke would have lived that day, and well…?

The comment much made, in those 37 days between the death, and the start of WW1 was that the lights were slowly going out over the world. Which makes this video poignantly apt