History KS2: A is for Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Captions, photographs, maps, graphics and commentary explain how the assassination of Austria-Hungary’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand triggered World War One.

Events are traced from the shooting by Serbian Gavrilo Princip on 28th June 1914, through to the responses of the two rival military alliances.

There is also a brief account of the tensions caused by the expansionist ambitions of the major European powers.

This clip is from the series WW1 A to Z.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could identify on a wall map of Europe all the countries mentioned in the commentary.

They could add pins or flags to the map, with labels to represent key moments in the outbreak of war.

They could find out more about the death of Franz Ferdinand from a range of information sources and discuss the question, ‘How could one man’s death spark a world war?’

Curriculum Notes

This short film might be useful for teaching history at Key Stage 2 / Second Level or above.

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