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The July Crises of 2014

By Chicago Tribune, Chicago Tribune - July 18, 2014

In history's taut nomenclature it was "The July Crisis": One century ago this week, the mighty powers of Europe were deciding whether they would parlay the assassination of an Austro-Hungarian archduke into a massive regional conflict. From afar, the United States watched as continental diplomats and generals jostled for advantage and prepared their empires for the crimson slaughterhouse that was World War I.

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