1914 Live: History retold as breaking news

 
1914 Live

BBC News is used to reporting breaking news around the world. It's what we do, part of the reason for our very existence. So if there were to be an assassination of a prominent European leader today, we would want to be there, reporting live. And audiences expect to consume breaking news in a live blog environment which is why we wanted to experiment with revealing history in this way.

This was the idea behind 1914 Live as the BBC's First World War season reaches the first significant anniversary.

We would use all the techniques of breaking news in 2014 to report on events from Sarajevo 100 years ago, particularly the BBC's Live format used to great effect during the World Cup and Queen's Baton Relay. And we would do it by using BBC correspondents in their familiar roles. Watch the trailer here.

Franz Ferdinand and his wife

So, Allan Little, who has great experience of reporting in the Balkans, will be our man in Sarajevo. Royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell tells the story of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, his wife, and their relationship with our own king and queen of the time. Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall will look at how the assassination was viewed by the government in London.

Security correspondent Frank Gardner will tell us about the security concerns surrounding the archduke's visit to Sarajevo. And we have reaction from correspondents based in the most important European cities at the time - St Petersburg, Berlin, Vienna and Paris - to find out how the tsar, the kaiser, an emperor and a president were all told the news.

Their reports are based on meticulous research of what actually happened that day - and how the world came to know about it. The facts have been gathered and checked, the timeline carefully constructed. Professor Margaret MacMillan, author of The War That Ended Peace, has acted as our historical consultant. Her Day by Day series on Radio 4 is another part of the BBC's commitment to explaining the build-up to war alongside a wealth of material to explore at the World War One site.

No one at the time thought the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire and his wife would lead to World War One. So our reports don't suggest that. But what they do reflect are the tensions in Europe that summer and how Europe's rulers were all deeply suspicious of each other.

1914 Live begins by reporting a royal visit by what was, by early 20th Century standards, a very modern couple. It follows the events of the morning as they happened and ends by reflecting the shock felt around Europe which, unbeknown by anyone, was suddenly 37 days away from war.

Watch history unfold on 28 June 2014, 09:30-13:30

 

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    Comment number 111.

    2 aristocrats have a feud and millions died unnecessary deaths.

    And people STILL think that aristocratic systems are worthwhile and worth " celebrating"

    Are people really that thick?

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    Comment number 110.

    How many more wars must be 'meticulously reported', their reports 100-years-on meticulously recalled, before what really 'happened' is allowed to be thought & broadcast for the real benefit of 'those in charge' & those whose children will be the next in patriotism, 'for democracy', to 'be conscripted, driven or even by news-slant 'volunteered', to go 'over the top' for the dreams of their betters?

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    Comment number 109.

    Many and sharp the num'rous ills
    Inwoven with our frame!
    More pointed still we make ourselves,
    Regret, remorse, and shame!
    And man, whose heav'n-erected face
    The smiles of love adorn, -
    Man's inhumanity to man
    Makes countless thousands mourn!

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    Comment number 108.

    I can still remember when how my grandmother drew the curtians in our house in Scotland on Armstrice Day and cried and cried for three days..........
    You coudn't get near her
    ...............................God Bless

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 106.

    @ 104

    ? How? name some problems purely a product of population increase and not industrial advancement? People starve today, just like they starved centuries ago, people also waste food now just like they did centuries ago. Centuries ago people were displaced and homeless and fought wars & suffered from sickness, we do all of that today too. So what disaster are you referring to?

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    Comment number 105.

    104. toorie
    4 MINUTES AGO
    Rapidly expanding HUMAN POPULATION = ...............................................................disaster
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    the only disaster is HUMAN POPULATION failing to grow more than 1 braincell.

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    Comment number 104.

    Rapidly expanding HUMAN POPULATION = ...............................................................disaster

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    Comment number 103.

    1914 Live will allow audiences to relive the events of the 28 June 2014 - the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

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    sloppy editing ... date still not corrected to 1914

    hope the rest of it is more accurate

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    Comment number 102.

    101

    Sigh, will see

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    Comment number 101.

    98. sorrysorryandsorry
    Never mind, let barbarians slaughter each other until they become civilised human who realise using force alone won't solve human conflicts like Ukraine
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    Coincidentally, Ukraine have just adopted constitutional amendments that gives elected leaders of territorial communities new powers and new responsibilities.

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    Comment number 100.

    History! A concoction of fact & propaganda, especially when it involves a conflict.

    One accidental wrong turn that sealed the fate of millions! Really? Can we simplify it any further?

    Its probably more useful to get an overall idea of what was going on around the world then, who was happy with the status quo, who benefited the most from the change etc. We may get some sense of history then.

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    Comment number 99.

    Re 39 Inglewood Jack.
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    I'd rather learn Iraqi, French, Russian and pay taxes in foreign money than pick up a rifle and die for you."

    That's OK, when the Sharia court says you have to have something cut off for something you haven't done, we won't come to defend you...

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    Comment number 98.

    What a peaceful world cup!

    What’s up here? Okay, one hundred of years ago, some Europeans tribes fought with other European tribes using more efficient weapons. Well, since then they fought many wars again and have not taken any lessons yet. Never mind, let barbarians slaughter each other until they become civilised human who realise using force alone won't solve human conflicts like Ukraine

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    Comment number 97.

    "Many and sharp the num'rous ills
    Inwoven with our frame!
    More pointed still we make ourselves,
    Regret, remorse, and shame!
    And man, whose heav'n-erected face The smiles of love adorn, -
    Man's inhumanity to man
    .........................................Makes countless thousands mourn!
    (Man was made to Mourn)
    .Robert (Rabbie) Burns 1797

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    Comment number 96.

    95. revolutionnow999
    The BBC should put the effort into educating itself and us about Shia and Sunni muslims......
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    Ironic, considering the contribution of Muslim soldiers to World War I. Muslim troops in the Indian Army fought on the Western Front. By the end of the war, India had sent more than 1 million troops, of which 47,000 died and 65,000 were wounded.

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    Comment number 95.

    The BBC should put the effort into educating itself and us about Shia and Sunni muslims as that is where our current danger lies. War can reinvent itself.

    This is such a middle class indulgence.

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    Comment number 94.

    92. GetMeOutOfHere
    Shame that they took control of the UK and the rest of Europe via the back door i.e. the EU
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    The UK has every opportunity to share in the influence in Europe and fully benefit, but unlike Germany, we choose to pander to the feckless rather than get on with it. Switzerland has more control over the EU than we have.

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    Comment number 92.

    Lets not forget it's the sacrifice of those people that prevented us being ruled by Germany.

    Shame that they took control of the UK and the rest of Europe via the back door i.e. the EU

 

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