Mike Shuster

THIS TIME IT REALLY IS WAR!

The first skirmish. “Is there no one to break the spell?” Special to The Great War Project (1 August) Now Germany moves swiftly and decisively to force the issue. Berlin delivers an ultimatum to Russia: reverse your own mobilization, by noon on this day a century ago. If you refuse, we Germany will mobilize. At…

THE CLOUDS ARE BLACKER AND BLACKER

Panic sweeps Europe; Russia and Germany closer and closer to war. Special to The Great War Project (31 July) Austria-Hungary counters yesterday’s order of full Russian mobilization with full mobilization of its own forces against Russia. The Austrian action is taken with the expectation that if Russia declares war, Germany will back Vienna. In the…

HOLDING THEIR BREATH

Another tense day of indecision. Who will make the next move? Special to the Great War Project (29 July) Leaders in Vienna now turn their attention eastward, to Russia. Will Russia intervene to save Serbia if it looks like Austria-Hungary will destroy Serbia? Leaders in Vienna are watching Russia “partially” mobilize its military forces. The…

VIENNA AND BERLIN FEAR PEACE IS AT HAND

Preparations for war on all sides “purely precautionary.” Special to The Great War Project (27 July) On this Monday, Europe is growing tense. Many are beginning to wonder, what will happen next? It’s nearly two days since Vienna’s ultimatum to Serbia, and nearly nothing is happening. (A flurry of meetings is taking place.) The Russian…

BRITAIN CALLS FOR A PEACE CONFERENCE

Bring all the powers together. It worked before. Special to The Great War Project (26 July) With Austria-Hungary’s ultimatum to Serbia now expired, and Belgrade’s unwillingness to accept all its demands, many expect war to break out on this day a century ago. It does not. British leaders especially do not believe war is inevitable.…