If you think that your family is strange and has problems be thankful that you live now and not in Europe in the early 1900’s. This is a rather strange series of things that were going on.

At 1900, Queen Victoria was on the throne in England. Her family was a rather interesting one. Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was on the throne and he was married to Princess Alexandra of Hesse-Darmstadt, the grand-daughter of Queen Victoria.  Tsar Nicholas was also related to Queen Victoria through his mother. ab30573.jpg (Tsar Nicholas and Romanov family )

At the same time, Queen Victoria was the grandmother of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. When Queen Victoria passed away in 1901, King George V of England took over.

So at the time of ‘The War to End All Wars’ {WWI} the family members that are ruling the major countries are King George V of England, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

‘In fact, they were all cousins with each other: Wilhelm and George were first cousins, George and Nicholas were also first cousins, and Wilhelm and Nicholas were third cousins.’ ( https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brookings-now/2013/12/20/the-family-relationships-that-couldnt-stop-world-war-i/ ) monarchs

So what was the spark that started this mess off? The spark was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. He and his wife Sophie – were killed by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip while on a formal visit to Sarajevo. ( http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/harrachmemoir.htm )

250px-gavrilloprincipGavrilo Princip,  a Serb National

So with this being the spark that started the First World War, when did the United States get into it? We didn’t get involved in the First World War until April of 1917.  (http://www.firstworldwar.com/timeline/1917.htm )

The First World War ended on 11th of November 1918 at 11am and the Treaty was signed in 1919.


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