Though it was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, World War I was much more than the Austria-Hungarian empire's retaliation for one murder. The assassination touched off a powder keg of tensions around the globe. While most of the war would be fought in Europe, the tentacles of international intrigue would reach as far as Africa, Australia, New Guinea and Mexico. And, of course, it reached the United States, which joined the hostilities late.
The war was also, believe it or not, a "family affair." The European royal houses had intermarried regularly to create alliances; Queen Victoria was even known as the "grandmother of Europe" because of the way her descendants spread throughout foreign nations. For this reason, both allies and combatants in the Great War were related, both by blood and by marriage. Nobody fights like family, right? Maybe that's why America stayed on the sidelines for so long ... no personal scores to settle! More seriously, though, in this quiz we're going to examine the motivations of various heads of state: why they leapt eagerly into a war, or why they dragged their heels.
Are you ready to revisit the Great War, as seen through an emphasis on its leaders? Find out how much you remember now!