National World War I Museum: 'On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World'

Posted on on 04 March 2014
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The National World War I Museum in Kansas City, USA, is holding a special exhibition which will explore how the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914 left the world "on the brink" of war.

The exhibition - On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World - will run from the 15th March - 14th September 2014.

The National World War I Museum aims to present the month between the Archduke's assassination and the outbreak of the war "in a manner never seen before".

                                        The official logo for the 'On the Brink' exhibition


The exhibition will examine the "underground organisations" involved and the diplomatic communications which flooded Europe in June - early August 1914, as well as the reaction of the international press.

Adopting a "journalistic and documentary approach", the National World War I Museum plans to explore the story of the assassination and its aftermath through a series of newspaper articles, photographs and quotes from diplomatic sources.

Proclomation issued on the 4th July 1914 by the Emperor of Austria-Hungary, Franz Joseph, regarding the assassination of Franz Ferdinand

Items on display are from a range of countries including:

- Austria-Hungary
- France
- Germany
- Great Britain
- Italy
- Russia
- Serbia
- Slovenia
- United States

The exhibition has been created with support from the Austrian National Archives, The British Library, Kansas City Public Library, Library of Congress and Serbian National Archives.

                 The Times (London) reports news of the assassination on the 29th June 1914

Source: National World War I Museum press release

Date of press release publication: 04/03/2014

Images courtesy of the National World War I Museum

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News