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Back up to: The Essay
5/5 BBC news correspondent Emma Jane Kirby discusses London in 1914.
4/5 Steve Rosenberg revisits 1914 St Petersburg and an event that would define modern Russia.
3/5 Stephen Evans focuses on life in Berlin in 1914, seen as the Silicon Valley of its time.
2/5 Hugh Schofield on the storm in Paris over the murder of pacifist Jean Jaures before WWI.
1/5 Bethany Bell evokes the elegance and dark tensions of 1914 Vienna - and their echoes now.