The first is this Tue 25th Feb on bbc2 at 9pm by Max Hastings..."The Necessary War". Hastings says WW1 was necessary.
The second is this Friday 28th Feb on bbc 2 at 9pm by Niall Ferguson..."The Pity of war". Ferguson says WW1 was avoidable.
Should be well worth watching, hopefully will explain a few things beyond Archduke Ferdinand getting shot.
I have quite a few letters and postcards from relatives (great uncles) from WW1 days in France, written in pencil, good spelling, punctuation and writing, and written in God knows what conditions.
Amazing stuff, and amazingly they both survived, one lost both legs and the other never really recovered from shell shock. There are pictures of both,my great uncle Charlie with that "1000 yard stare."
Anyone else have letters / pictures ?.