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America Goes to War – Part 2


Speaker 1: Welcome to the How World War I Changed America podcast series sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation host, Dr. Libby O'Connell.


Dr. Libby: Welcome, everyone. I'm Libby O'Connell. My guest today is professor Jennifer Keene, Dean of Wilkinson College and professor of history at Chapman University. Today our topic is world goes to war part two. Welcome, Jennifer. I'm so glad you could join us.


Jennifer Keene: Thank you for having me.


Dr. Libby: I'm going to jump right in and take a look at the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. We were talking about it previously, and I know you have some pretty interesting insights about what impact the assassination of the Archduke had on the outbreak of World War I. Was it inevitable at that moment in June, 1914 the Archduke was assassinated in Sarajevo that World War I would break out?