The Road to World War I – part 1: Recommended Videos

In this first part of recommended media about the road to World War I, I will share videos from two excellent sources with you. In the next parts we will look at audio podcasts and books.

Extra History

Extra History is a spin-off of Extra Credits a YouTube channel about game development. It features a unique and very pretty “hand drawn” visual style. The show is fully financed by crowd funding via Patreon

The first full season of Extra History is dedicated to the causes and beginning of World War I.

World War I: The Seminal Tragedy – Chapter 1: The Concert of Europe

World War I: The Seminal Tragedy – Chapter 2: One Fateful Day in June

World War I: The Seminal Tragedy – Chapter 3: The July Crisis


World War I: The Seminal Tragedy – Chapter 4: The Final Act

World War I: The Seminal Tragedy – Lies

I am particularly fond of the last episode dealing with errata, mistakes and “lies”. It brings across the very important point “to never trust a single source”.

Crash Course World History

Crash Course is a very successful educational YouTube Chanel.

In the second season of Crash Course World History two episodes are are devoted to World War I. They look in less detail but more comprehensively on the start of the war. In particular how it started and who started it.

HOW World War I Started: Crash Course World History 209

Who Started World War I: Crash Course World History 210


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